Native wildflower planting -
The seeds and plants were sown and planted on a beautiful sunny day in front of the newly laid hedgerow at the back of the St Oswald's Road houses. Currently, the ground there is bare, the result of the removal of the dense network of side branches of the hedgerow prior to laying it in November, and this gives the plants a chance to establish without too much competition. After clearing a fair amount of rubble (where did it all come from?) and digging out invasive plants such as dock, nettle and bramble, we set to digging in and watering the new young plants - over 400 of them!
The species were: Agrimonia eupatoria (common agrimony), Centaurea nigra (common knapweed), Daucus carota (wild carrot), Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove), Fragaria vesca (wild strawberry), Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy), Lamium album (white dead nettle), Leucanthemum vulgare (ox-eye daisy), Primula vulgaris (primrose), Silene dioica (red campion), Stachys officinalis (betony), Stachys sylvatica (hedge woundwort), Teucrium scorodonia (woodland germander).
After this, the bare ground to a width of between 1 - 2 metres was sown with a mix of seeds. The mix chosen was Emorsgate Seed's EH1 hedgerow mix. This contains a large selection of native wild flowers and grasses tolerant of semi-shade, and so suitable along hedgerows and woodland edges.
We hope our work today will greatly enhance the ecological value of the Green's mixed species hedge, and are grateful to Buglife for initiating and supporting this project.