More wildflower meadows will create a buzz


Wildflower meadow in Plymouth.

This Spring will see the planting of more wildflower meadows and bee corridors in Plymouth, helping local bee and butterfly populations to thrive.

Plymouth City Council has worked with local communities to identify four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions are good for sowing, and will be flowering by the summer.

They will also improve existing wildflower meadow sites to make them better for wildlife and add more colour to the local landscape.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene for Plymouth City Council, said: “I am delighted to announce that we will be expanding our bee corridors and wildflower meadows in Plymouth.

“Bees play a crucial role in our lives including food production as they pollinate important crops.

“Wildflower meadows and bee corridors can provide an important source of pollen and nectar for pollinating insects, and habitat and food, directly and indirectly for many other species. They also have been shown to positively impact health and wellbeing as they are a beautiful addition to our urban landscapes.”

The Council has also been working with seed suppliers to develop a new longer flowering seed mix that we will trial this year.

Further sites will continue to be identified by the Council, working with local communities, that can be converted to wildflower meadows to expand our network of sites in coming years.

More information on Plymouth’s wildflower meadows is on the Plymouth City Council website.