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Popular County Hall wildflower meadows now two years old

The wildflowers at County Hall in full bloom Published Wednesday, 28th September 2022

The wildflower meadows have proved a very popular addition at County Hall in Worcester, since they were planted back in 2020.

When in full bloom, the meadows are regularly visited by both Worcestershire County Council staff and visitors from across the county.

Wildflower meadows are important to help provide a place for pollinators to lay their eggs and shelter over the winter and enable them to forage from flowers between spring and autumn.

Councillor Richard Morris, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “These wildflower meadows are a fantastic place for people to visit and they play an extremely important part in Worcestershire remaining a pollinator friendly county.

“These areas have to be managed to help pollinators flourish and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done here and at other sites across the county.”

The wildflowers have now shed their seeds for next year’s flowers, with some now being cut or removed. This helps manage the area, enabling a balanced growth of plant species next year. The areas that remain uncut will provide shelter for pollinators over the winter, with many species hiding in woody stems before emerging again in the spring.

As the wildflower meadows develop over the years, different wildflowers and grasses will prevail. This will lead to the meadows becoming lowland meadows, offering vital habitats for a range of species, including native pollinators, birds, and mammals. Around 97% of England’s lowland meadows have been destroyed since the second world war and Worcestershire is thought to hold around 20% of those remaining in the country.

If you would like to help local pollinators, then you could think about leaving some space for wildlife at home. 

This could include leaving an area of your garden to become a little bit messy, you could even take part in next year’s ‘No Mow May’. The key is to avoid cutting your grass from spring and then removing it in the autumn to restrict the growth of weeds. You could also add the cuttings to your compost heap and give wildlife somewhere safe to hide over the winter.

The wildflower meadows at County Hall were partly funded by Natural Networks, a collaborative project between Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. More information about this can be found on the County Council website.

More information about Worcestershire’s pollinator strategy can be found on the County Council website.