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Help sow a wildflower bank in Peel Park

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

How about helping us sow a wonderful, wild flower bank in Peel Park?

As part of its Biodiversity: Every Garden Counts initiative, the Parish Council hopes to create more wildlife-friendly spaces on their own land, including Peel Park, just off Keeds Lane. Excitingly, an area has been ear-marked for the creation of a wild flower bank approx 250m long by 3m wide.

On behalf of the Parish Council, The LANCE Trust is co-ordinating the project. Work to prepare the site will take place towards the end of March when an experienced contractor will prepare the site ready for sowing over a few days at the start of April.

This is where we hope others will take the opportunity to join in and help sow the seeds…

Ox eye daisies and kidney vetch

Our trustees will be on site to distribute seeds and advice on how to cast them. It will be weather-dependent but, if you and your family would like to be involved, please drop us an email with your contact details and we'll put you on a list. Children will be very welcome. The bank will be divided into squares and it will take no more than an hour or less of your time.

In this way, you'll be part of the campaign to give nature a helping hand within Long Ashton. The seed mix we’ve chosen is suitable for the clay soils found in Peel Park and contains 18 species of wild flower including lesser knapweed and ox-eye daisies as well as the wonderful, sweet-smelling vernal grass that will evoke memories of long-lost hayfields amongst those lucky enough to remember them.

The bank may take four to five years to establish, but every year we should see a positive change that will help moths, bees and butterflies find their feet as well as providing a feast for our own eyes.

Up close with a lesser knapweed flower

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