New wildflower meadows to brighten up Fenland next summer

Fenland is set for an explosion of colour and bee-friendly wildflower next summer as the first in a succession of new wildflower meadows was planted this week.

Wildflowers

Around 6,000 square metres of field at The Manor in Whittlesey was prepared and readied for wildflower planting on Tuesday (9 November).

It is the first in a series of similar projects as Fenland District Council presses ahead with plans to plant more wildflowers in a bid to boost biodiversity.

The Council is now assessing further sites across the district for their wildflower habitat potential.

Cllr Peter Murphy, the Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "I'm delighted that we're able to push ahead with our plans for next year and look forward to seeing the wildflowers bloom over the course of the spring and summer."

"Wildflowers are vital for our ecosystem; providing pollinators such as bees and butterflies and other insects with food, shelter and places to breed. They also play an important role in winter as a source of food for birds and small mammals.

"They will also provide much-needed splashes of colour to the district - making our communities even more attractive places to live."

Article date: November 2021

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