Sowing seeds of hopeful success to bring colour to nature reserve meadow

August 30 2016

WILDFLOWER seeds from one part of the Wapley Bushes nature reserve have been transplanted in an effort to improve a meadow within the site.

WILDFLOWER seeds from one part of the Wapley Bushes nature reserve have been transplanted in an effort to improve a meadow within the site.

The seeds were collected from the herb-rich Lower Meadow and spread over Upper Meadow, where it is hoped they will germinate.

If the scheme is a success, the area should produce a stunning display of flowers.

The nature reserve on the edge of Yate is managed by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group on behalf of Dodington Parish Council, which owns the land.

Group member Tim Fairhead said: “We’re working on a project to improve the biodiversity of Upper Meadow.

“Lower Meadow is spectacular when the flowers are in bloom. When the grass was cut we collected some sacks of the cuttings, complete with seeds. We raked our target area and then spread the cuttings on it so that the seeds can take root.”

The group’s chairwoman, Isabel Ryan, said: “I took some of the grass home and spread it out to dry. It was surprising just how many seeds were produced and hopefully they will germinate next spring, when we’ll come back to see how much of a difference we’ve made.”

Parish councillor Paul Hulbert, who is also a regular volunteer at the reserve, said: “This is just one of the projects we are undertaking to improve the area for the local community.

“We always welcome visitors and new volunteers. Our next public event will be a family bat walk at 7.30pm on Friday, September 9. Bat walks are always popular with families as children love exploring in the dark.”

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