Grow Wild Seeds Planted Around Orchard Park

Starting off near Engledow Drive

Starting off near Engledow Drive

Preparing the soil for the seeds

Preparing the soil for the seeds

If you see these around Orchard Park, it's where we have planted native wildflower seeds.

If you see these around Orchard Park, it’s where we have planted native wildflower seeds.

A home for solitary bees

A home for solitary bees

This is where the bees go in. If you see a tube with a plug of vegetation or chewed leaves at the end, a bee has moved in.

This is where the bees go into the bee homes. If you see a tube with a plug of vegetation or chewed leaves at the end, a bee has moved in.

Many thanks to everyone who came along to help out with the planting yesterday.

We hope that the seeds will germinate under trees around Orchard Park to create mini meadows. The Grow Wild website says “There’s such a variety of life on earth and it’s all around us, even in towns and cities. It’s known as biodiversity and we can all work together to help it flourish in our neighbourhoods. Just by growing wild flowers in spaces where we live, we can increase wild plant diversity. And once the wild flowers are flourishing, they will attract lots of different creatures, bringing biodiversity right to your doorstep. The humblest wild flower spot can be a haven for wildlife – and by working together to maximise our impact, we can help our natural world.”

We hope we’ll get a bit of rain over the next few days to water the seeds we’ve planted. However if it is very dry we would be very grateful if you give the seeds a helping hand by providing a bit of water to them. If you do this please could you let us know at opwildlife@gmail.com – we can provide you with 2 for 1 tickets to Kew Gardens to say thanks you.

We’ve also placed 3 bee houses around Orchard Park – if you see that any of the tubes have vegetation or chewed leaves plugging the end, a solitary bee has probably moved in. The bees won’t have far to go to collect pollen and nectar with mini meadows nearby.

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