Consultation on pictoral meadow at Coleridge Rec

Consultation runs from

20 October 2017, 12:01am to 1 December 2017, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

Cambridge City Council is consulting on a proposal to establish a colourful meadow of annual flowers on the Coleridge Rec next summer.

The pictorial meadow mix combines both native and non-native flowers to provide months of colour for people and wildlife to enjoy.

The mixes were successfully trialled at the Coleridge Road entrance and other parks in 2017, and proved very popular with local people, as well as pollinating insects, including butterflies and bumblebees.

An added element of this proposal is to work with the 'RhinosUp' project, to support local boy Frankie raise money to help save the northern white Rhino from extinction. Frankie, aged 6 and 3/4 said:

“I called my project RhinosUp because I want to create a flowerbed in the shape of a northern White Rhino planted with bee friendly flowers. I want the flowers to come Up, and the rhinos to come Up from the dead”

Consultation information

We would like to gauge the public support for the proposal. Please see full details and complete our short survey :

View full information and complete survey


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Streets and Open Spaces at or 01223 458532.

Post any correspondence to Streets and Open Spaces, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

The consultation will run until 1 December 2017.

If supported, we will seek to work with RhinosUp on the final design for the shape and paths through the flowerbed.

The seedbed will then be prepared in February/March 2018, ready for sowing in April 2018. The flowers should begin to appear in late May, and flower through to the first frosts in November.

The meadow will be cut and raked off in December, and its success and any public feedback reviewed before it is decided how to proceed in 2019.