Piloted in 2015, the urban meadow proved to be an unexpected success flowering from May to early December.
The mixture of urban annuals and native annuals supplied by local specialists ‘Growing Wild’ helped to bring the ‘countryside into the town’ connecting habitat to aid the movement of pollinators in the wider landscape.
The mix includes Virginia Stocks, Larkspur, Echium, Cornflower, California Poppy, Clary, Gypsophilia, Candytuft, Chrysanthemum, Mignonette, Night Scented Stock and Calendula.
In April a dozen volunteers turned out to shift ten tonnes of top soil in just an hour-and-a-half to help raise some low spots in the meadow. This will provide a better view for motorists waiting at the traffic lights.
The top soil was donated and delivered thanks to Andy Dixon of Vere Bros. (Contractors) Ltd of Boston. A sign will be erected shortly sponsored by Councillor Barrie Pierpoint.