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In the news: Wildflower meadows blooming across the borough

Basildon Council has worked with community groups to create stunning wildflower meadows across the borough.

The wildflowers have now really started to bloom in meadows created within Lake Meadows, Wickford Memorial Park, Kent View Road, Northlands Park and Gloucester Park.

The colourful array of wildflowers includes Viper's Bugloss, meadowsweets, cornflowers and many more.

The planting of wildflower meadows is one element of the council's Pollinator Action Plan, which aims to improve and increase biodiversity through a number of different initiatives to maximise opportunities for improvements to the natural environment across the borough.

Chairman of the Leisure and Environment Committee Councillor Craig Rimmer said: "These wildflower meadows add another element of beauty to our fantastic parks and open spaces, making them even more attractive open spaces for residents to enjoy.

"Wildflower meadows are beautiful visually, whilst also making a massive impact on an area's biodiversity, which we're fully committed to improving as part of the council's Pollinator Action Plan.

"We've had reports of large swarms of bees occupying small areas of the meadows, which shows that our pollinators are enjoying the planting too."

ENDS

Published on Tuesday 20 July 2021

 

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