Wildflower meadows in bloom and helping attract pollinating insects to city parks

News release from 05/07/2018

News release from 5 July 2018, 2:53pm

WILDFLOWER meadows are currently bringing a splash of summer colour to parks and open spaces managed by Cambridge City Council.

The meadows are now in bloom at 13 parks and open spaces:

  • Cherry Hinton Hall (Cherry Hinton ward)
  • Coleridge Recreation Ground - two meadows (Coleridge ward)
  • Parker’s Piece (Market ward)
  • Barnwell Road (Abbey ward)
  • Fison Road (Abbey ward)
  • Ditton Fields Recreation Ground (Abbey ward)
  • King’s Hedges Recreation Ground (King’s Hedges ward)
  • Jesus Green (Market ward)
  • Trumpington Recreation Ground (Trumpington ward)
  • Chesterton Recreation Ground (East Chesterton ward)
  • Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre (East Chesterton ward)
  • Nightingale Recreation Ground (Queen Edith’s ward)
  • Christ’s Pieces (Market ward)

The colourful displays include flowers from both native and non-native species which have been chosen to attract an array of pollinating insects, including butterflies, bees and hoverflies.

Numbers of pollinating insects in the UK have declined significantly in the last 20 years, which first prompted this initiative by the council in 2016.

A consultation is currently taking place on creating another wildflower meadow at Histon Road Recreation Ground, while plans for further meadows at other locations are also being considered, as are plans for perennial planting.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “Over recent summers our beautiful wildflower meadows have proved immensely popular with people visiting our parks.

“But they are not just beautiful, they are playing an active role in attracting more pollinating insect species to the city, at a time when many are in decline or under threat.

“We hope to develop more of the meadows across the city in future years. In the meantime I would encourage everyone to visit a meadow nearby – or even take a bike or walking tour and visit them all – while they are at their peak during the summer months.”

Anyone taking photos of the wildflower meadows is invited to share them on social media using the hashtag #cammeadows.

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