Wildflower meadows are wonderful but increasingly rare miniature ecosystems, full of different flower and insect species. We are working with staff at Coombe Country Park to increase the abundance of wildflowers across the whole eight hectare meadow.
In mid-summer, once many of the flowers have set seed, hay in species rich areas will be cut and then immediately spread onto species poor patches of ground. By cutting and removing hay in other areas, it is hoped that more species will move in over time, as soil fertility decreases.
Scheme volunteers are being trained in plant identification to monitor change on the site.