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Wildflower workshop supports local communities

20th June 2022

In recent years wildflower meadows have become more popular. Keen to improve biodiversity many communities, local groups and town and parish council have attempted to develop unused ground into beautiful wildflower areas.

Sadly, not many are outstanding in their field for whilst it may seem a simple task, developing areas that are attractive and sustainable is a challenge. It is not just a case of spreading some seed and letting it grow, year after year.

The CPRE Bedfordshire wildflower workshop aimed to bust some of the myths and provide down to earth information and advice on how to establish a meadow and maintain it so that it flourishes.

The workshop was attended by a diverse mix of people from parish councils, local community groups, landowners and businesses. Led by Pat Knight the workshop was set in Oakley – a parish that really is outstanding when it comes to wildflower meadows. For a small village it boasts two stunning sites – Linch Furlong and Riverside – which made the ideal setting for the workshop and provided a great example of what can be done with good management.

Near Oakley Church

“It was good to be able to illustrate the subject by visiting local sites where there are very different conditions.”

Pat’s knowledge and enthusiasm was well received, and he answered numerous questions from the group about seed collection, mowing, plant types and much more.

“Pat’s friendly manner and his knowledge in answering our questions was excellent. The best course I have been on.”

Pat Knight (right) led the workshop

Bringing together a group of people in such a lovely setting was a pleasure. To see them connect and share ideas was inspiring and many are keen to meet up again. This workshop has certainly sown the seed for some great ideas and we look forward to seeing them grow!

“I enjoyed meeting other people interested in wildflower meadows and to discuss ideas.”

Riverside

CPRE Bedfordshire are now considering how we can support this group and encourage others to get involved in establishing wildflower meadows. Watch this space!

 

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