One of Riverside Naturally's aims is to increase biodiversity in the green spaces within Riverside. We are now in a place to be able to extend the Community Orchard and develop a low growing wildflower meadow.
Our plan is to plant a combination of low-growing wildflower plug plants and seeds - in an area totalling 40 sq m in the north-west corner of the amenity grassland adjacent to the orchard.
The area will consist of one large crescent-shaped patch, and four or five smaller patches in the enclosed space of the crescent.
Sufficient space will be left between the patches, and between the patches and the existing paths, to enable the council’s mowers to mow in between.
We started preparing the ground on the 4th May 2021. This means marking out the plots and cutting the grass very short, with the cuttings cleared off and the top soil raked and stripped back.
Planting and we will be planting ten species of low growing wildflower - some will be plug plants and some will be seeds. Plug plants are seedlings that have an established root system that can be put straight into the ground and will increase the chances of successful growth.
We also installed a temporary rabbit proof fence to give our new plants the best possible chance of surviving.
Any work undertaken will be done safely and within current COVID guidelines.
Increasing biodiversity is something we are working on as part of our core values - find out why here.
If you are keen to see some for yourself in the spring and through summer The Wildlife Trust have a list here of ones you can visit.