Wildflowers in the Harborough District
We've had lots of positive comments from residents in recent weeks about the stunning wildflower meadows which we've created in Broughton Astley, Lutterworth and Market Harborough.
Following on from the creation of our wildflower meadow in Welland Park, near to the cafe, we've also widened the project and, this year, have created more wildflower meadows - one along the Millennium Mile, next to the Commons car park, and another at Lutterworth Country Park. These are made up of a mix of 100% native and naturalised species found in the British Isles. The mixture contains 25 species including Yarrow, Columbine, Borage, Harebell, Cornflower, Vipers Bugloss, Wild Candytuft, Forget-me Not and Corn Poppy.
Our aim is to plant a variety of species to increase biodiversity to attract more birds, bees, butterflies, and other insects and pollinators to our popular open spaces.
As well as providing food and nectar for pollinators, wildflowers provide shelter and places for insects to breed.
They are also beneficial during the winter as wildflower seeds become an important food source for birds and small mammals.
The eye-catching sea of colour has been met favourably with park users, with many people sending us photos of the wildflowers in bloom.