Since 2012, Plymouth City Council has been committed to increasing the number of wildflower meadows throughout the city which have created a network of 120 sites for wildlife like bees, butterflies and reptiles.
We were successful in gaining funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Peoples Postcode Lottery and Biffa to complete a few projects to improve and increase the wildflower areas in the city. Through projects like 'Plymouth's Buzzing' and 'Urban Buzz' volunteers helped to plant over 5,000 wild flower plug plants and 1,900 flowering bulbs to compliment the 52 kg of wildflower seed that has been sown.
Since then we have continued to maintain, extend and create more wildflower areas to huge amount of benefits they bring to us and the wildlife around us
Wildflower meadows are managed by a single annual cut in late summer/autumn and removing the hay. Wild flowers thrive on nutrient poor soils so if managed correctly, each year they should get better and better!
We love celebrating our wildflower meadows so with this in mind we would love to see any of your pictures of your local wildflower meadows. Send them in to us using our Nature Plymouth Facebook or Twitter pages and use the #plymouthwildflowers and #plymouthparksmatter. Don’t forget to include the location and a caption describing why you love your meadow.