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Pictorial meadows consultation

Consultation runs from 7 February 2017, 12:00pm to 27 February 2017, 12:00pm

Introduction and background

Cambridge City Council is consulting on a proposal to establish two additional colourful meadows of annual flowers on Chesterton Recreation Ground and Parkers Piece this summer. The pictorial meadow mixes combine both native and non-native flowers to provide months of colour for people and wildlife to enjoy. The mixes were successfully trialled at other parks in 2016 and proved very popular with local people, as well as pollinating insects, including butterflies and bumblebees.

The sites have been selected as they currently lack any particular plant species of note and do not impact upon other activities or events on the open spaces.

If supported, the existing areas of grass will be prepared as a bare seedbed in late February / March, prior to sowing in March 2017. The first annuals should be in flower by late May and the meadows will then continue to flower right through to the first frosts.

Others sites where pictorial meadows will be resown in 2017 include Jesus Green, Nightingale Garden, Fison Road, Ditton Recreation Ground and Kings Hedges Recreation Ground.

Consultation information

Leaflets have been posted through neighbouring properties and notices erected on site.


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.

Additional information and documents

Next steps

Comments will be reviewed and plans modified accordingly. If the consensus is in favour we’ll seek to prepare the seed bed in late February with a view to sow in March 2017.

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