Wildflower meadow takes shape in Hemel Hempstead

Wildflower meadows provide nesting habitats for insects, birds and other wildlife

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 10:09 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 10:12 am

A newly adopted wildflower meadow is taking shape on the Fields End Estate in Hemel Hempstead.

Graham Cox, from Hemel Hempstead, worked with Parks and Open Spaces Officer Rob Cassidy of Dacorum Borough Council on this project, which also gained support from enthusiastic Fields End residents.

Wildflower meadows are an alternative to lawns and borders, it is an area of permanent grass where wildflowers grow. They are also vital feeding and nesting habitats for insects, birds, butterflies, small animals and other wildlife.

A newly adopted wildflower meadow is taking shape on the Fields End Estate

Graham said: "I love bees and butterflies and it was frustrating to see grass verges being cut.

"Rob has been really supportive and asked me to get more support from people behind the project, I sent out leaflets and had about 15 emails of support.

“It would be great if more people could contact their local councils if they believe an area of grass, no matter how small could be left uncut for butterflies and bees etc.

"Also children could encourage their schools to leave playing field edges uncut."

Graham is an active member of Extinction Rebellion Dacorum and would welcome new members to this group or encourage people to join other green groups such as Transition Network and Friends of The Earth.