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Work continues to maintain and develop the borough’s wonderful wildflower meadows

Native wildflower meadows created by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s StreetCare teams have been much-admired by residents and visitors this summer.

The displays of wildflowers were grown to give pollinators, like bees, a boost in the borough and definitely caused a buzz on social media, with lots of compliments.

The Council’s wildflower displays were created using a bespoke Cheshire seed mix that was created by the Wildflower Centre based at the Eden Project.

Now autumn is here, many of the displays are starting to die back and the time has come to implement the next phase of the project - reseeding the native wildflower meadows.

The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Teams will be cutting down the wildflower meadows over the next few weeks to ensure seeds pods disperse seeds into the soil, so next year’s colourful displays are even better.  The wildflower meadows will be cut down in the order they were sown because some parts of the borough are still in bloom.

“The cuttings will initially be left on the ground for a few weeks to ensure as much seed as possible falls into the ground.  Then, cuttings will be collected up again.  Teams will also be sowing seeds for new meadows for next year, so the borough will be blooming even more.”

For more information on the Council’s Wildflower Strategy visit: 

www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/wildflowers

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