Wildflower meadows for villages and communities
Village greens, road verges, play areas, church yards and public spaces all over the UK are crying out out for the colour and the interest that only wild flowers can bring.
Why does nature need help from communities?
Massive loss of wildflower meadows in the last 60 years.There are many reasons for this but the end result is that
- wildlife is losing its habitats
- biodiversity is in decline
- our world is becoming less colourful and
- our children are losing out on that everyday contact with nature.
- older people are yearning for the return of the familiar sights and sounds of their younger days
How can villages and communities halt the decline in biodiversity?
Nothing beats the strength of a well organised team when it comes to changing things for the better. Any scheme to encourage local people to add wild flowers into private gardens and public spaces will make an enormous difference to wildlife. Why not start by....
- Asking local residents where they would like to see more wildflowers
- Approaching local businesses for sponsorship - it's great PR for them
- Involving local groups such as Cubs, Scouts, Guides, Brownies in establishing wildflower areas
- Persuading your council to mow verges less often - this will allow more wild flowers to thrive and save money
Maintaining a wildflower meadow is very cost effective
Maintaining a wildflower meadow can save you money. Once established, it will only need cutting once a year...imagine how that will cut the cost of mowing the churchyard or the village green!
How can Meadowmat help bring wildlife back into your community?
Wildflower meadows are more that just pretty flowers, they are a lifeline for many different species of insect and animals.
Meadowmat wildflower turf makes it easy to establish a species-rich meadow area
Meadowmat is a pre-grown mat of wild flowers and grasses, delivered on a roll and ready to lay. Simply unroll onto impoverished soil that has been prepared for planting. Keep well watered for 2-4 weeks, or until the plants have established. Depending on the time of year it's laid, Meadowmat should give you a fantastic floral display in its first summer.
Here's a short video to show you how easy it is to lay Meadowmat
How to inspire your community to grow more wildflowers
The growers of Meadowmat wild flower turf have created an information sheet to help you to inspire your village or community to take action
All you need to do is complete form at the bottom of this page and you will be able to download a pdf version of the sheet
If you would prefer a printed version, or if you would like information sheets to hand to friends, please email Angela Lambert who will put some in the post for you