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Work on Headless Cross wildflower meadow continues
3:20pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS at Headless Cross Community Orchard made hay while the sun shone this August.
Beneath the fruit trees on Headless Cross Green, the group are establishing a wildflower meadow to attract bees, butterflies and birds.
As well as being known for its fruit, Worcestershire has a large percentage of the UK’s wildflower meadows. Yet since the 1930s, the UK has lost 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows. A loss that clearly impacts on the wildlife that depend on them. This is why urban green spaces like Headless Cross Green are so vital.
But it’s not all the sweet smell of cut grass. There’s foul play. The orchard group are employing the malevolent talents of a wildflower called Yellow Rattle to deter the grass.
Orchard volunteer Alistair Waugh said: “Plants are fascinating. Yellow Rattle is no exception. It doesn’t harm people or other animals, but it does harm the grass. We want to stop the grass to allow more room for those attractive plants that encourage wildlife, like field poppy, oxeye daisy and cornflower. It’s going to take a few years hard work but the result will be a colourful haven for wildlife.”
The group is also encouraging an explosion of nature into people’s gardens by getting them ‘seedbombing’. This year the group received a grant from Redditch Council to get residents creating wildflower habitats of their own.
The next opportunity to learn about seedbombing will be Apple Day on Saturday, October 5 on Headless Cross Green.
A brochure and more details are available from www.headlessxorchard.org.uk.
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