Jan Hargreaves and Sue Rogers have sown wild flower seeds in the churchyard. Next time you are passing, glance over the wall under the big tree near the corner and you will see a circle of bare earth which, with luck, a fair wind and a little rain should be full of wildflowers later in the year. The seeds came from ‘Grow Wild‘, a scheme led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to inspire communities “to transform local spaces by sowing, growing and enjoying native wild flowers”. Wild flowers encourage the bees so each pack of seeds came with a kit to make a mini ‘bee house’. Would any of the local young people like these kits? Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideally the seeds and subsequent flowers will need more sun than they will get under this tree, but preparation of a new bare earth site would have required more time and effort than we could spare by the time we had the idea and received the seeds. If the village would like them, perhaps next year we can plan ahead and plant up one or more roadside verges with wild flowers. That will take some work so let Sue know (at: email@example.com ) if you like the idea and/or could help. We are also trialling wild flowers in the flower tub under the village sign on Darran Road where they will get sun – once the daffs die down (did you like them?).