Creating and maintaining wildflower meadows

CPRE Bedfordshire presents a workshop led by Pat Knight.

Establishing wildflower areas is a great way of improving biodiversity and providing areas that people can enjoy and get closer to nature. Many local groups are keen to do this but it is not as simple as it first appears. Establishing wildflowers takes time and maintaining and helping the site to develop and become sustainable requires good planning and the right approach.

This workshop will give you a good understanding of all you need to know to establish your wildflowers and help them thrive and grow into something amazing.


Topics will include:

  • Soil types and how to improve soil quality
  • Choosing the right plants – annuals and biennials
  • Encouraging small mammals, butterflies and insects
  • Mowing and collecting


The workshop will be based outside at Linch Furlong and Riverside in Oakley in North Bedfordshire- two beautiful wildflower sites where you will be able to see first-hand the result of good management. We will move between the two sites and then finish with a look at some equipment and a cup of tea at Pat’s barn. This will be an informal workshop with plenty of opportunities for questions.

Pat has over 40 year’s experience in environmental and countryside management across Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire including Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Bedford Priory Park.

He has managed numerous public access sites for people and wildlife, country parks, nature reserves and community orchards and, working alongside the parish council, is largely responsible for the success of Linch Furlong and Riverside in Oakley.

Pat has a great love for the outdoors and is always keen to share his in-depth knowledge of nature through local walks, talks and workshops.


Times and cost

Tuesday 14th June 10am-1pm

Thursday 16th June 10am – 1pm

Commercial organisations £95

Individuals from not for profit groups £50

CPRE Members £45


How to book

Please email to reserve your place or for more information.

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