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WILD FLOWERS

Wild Flowers to Light Up the Landscape

Wild flowers are a wonderful addition to any landscape.  I benefit from the experience and specialised machinery which enables me to plan, create, establish and manage colourful wild flower meadows, environmental stewardship margins, and grassland on any scale.

Whatever the size of your estate, lawn or meadow I am able to design a bespoke wild flower package for your land. Following an initial site visit and always in consultation with you, I will recommend an appropriate seed mix.  This will be perfectly tailored to the demands of the location, soil and landscape in order to achieve spectacular results.

I will work with you to establish a wild flower meadow or margin which compliments the land, benefits the environment and meets your vision.

A colourful meadow will light up the landscape whilst supplying vital nectar for honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies. It is possible to include native wild flowers and regional species and also to create meadows which flower at a particular time of year.

I use locally-sourced grass and wild flower seed wherever possible, blending each mixture individually to suit the location. I compost all green waste to reduce any negative impact of the project on the environment.

Contact me today to arrange an appointment to discuss your vision.

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Your Wild Flower Meadow

In addition to their significant aesthetic appeal, wild flower meadows offer huge benefits to native wildlife. Sadly, over 95% of our meadows have disappeared in recent years due to changes in agricultural practices and urbanisation. Every new wild flower meadow which is established will truly make a difference, whether it is sown in a domestic urban garden or on a large rural estate.

Wild flower meadows provide important habitats for a variety of invertebrates including bees, butterflies and insects. Once established, a meadow requires minimal maintenance save for cutting in the autumn. They deliver colourful displays throughout the spring and into the summer whilst improving each year.

Establishing and Maintaining Wild Flower Meadows

Regardless of the size of the project, I can offer you a complete wild flower meadow management service, from initial soil analysis to meadow design, establishment and ongoing maintenance. My service includes the supply of wild flower seed, plugs (young plants) and bulbs. These can be of local provenance, if required. I also offer a comprehensive ongoing wild flower meadow maintenance service.

Wild Flower Meadow Management

In order to maintain a rich and productive meadow, it is essential that it is cut and cleared at the end of each growing season. Cutting the meadow will allow seeds to embed giving them the perfect growing conditions for the following year. The cuttings must then be collected to enable the establishment of new growth.

I have the specialist equipment required to cut wild flower meadows and remove the cuttings. I operate a specific machine which both cuts and collects and can be used on a variety of different terrain. Grass can also be taken off site and composted if required.

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Wild Flower Field Margins

Field margin is a generic term which refers to an area of land surrounding a field that lies between the crop and the boundary. This can be managed by land owners and farmers to benefit wildlife and to protect the environment from pollutants.

Many key species in the UK are in sharp decline and so field margins represent important havens for a variety of creatures, many of which are threatened. The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) identifies these areas as priority habitats. Every land owner can play an important role in protecting the environment and supporting the nation’s wildlife. Field margins have never been so important and help us to face the challenges resulting from climate change and to balance environmental concerns with the increasing demand for food production.

Margins sown with wild flowers provide pollen and nectar resources for invertebrates including butterflies and bees. This option is ideally suited to larger blocks and small fields and is a rotational option meaning that the margin can move around the farm with the usual rotation.

If you are interested in wild flower field margins you will find more detailed information here.

Wild Flower Meadows in Towns and Villages

I am passionate about creating and restoring wild flower meadows across our towns and villages. In every town or village there are areas that wild flowers can be planted including village greens, portions of sports fields, verges and communal meadows. Even small areas of wild flowers will completely transform the ambiance of the setting.

Research shows that wild flowers create a special area which gives pleasure and inspires the community. The local people are then encouraged to take care of their environment and to take pride in their neighbourhood. The flowers also provide excellent educational and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors such as nature studies and art classes. Of course, urban wild flower meadows create valuable havens for wild life.

I am already establishing wild flower areas for parish and town councils across many counties, so please contact me to arrange your own site survey and wild flower establishment plan.

“The wildflower meadows planted two years ago by James and his team are now in their second summer and are looking better than we ever dreamt. A fantastic job all round with professional advice,excellent seeds and a friendly smile from all the individuals involved .”

J.M. High Wycombe

“Excellent, responsive, knowledgeable, intelligent service at all times. Someone to go to who we can rely on to know what they are doing.”

C.P. Lechlade

The Significance of Bees

A wild flower meadow is a complete ecosystem and this nectar-rich environment is particularly beneficial for bees. The bee population of Britain is under severe pressure. There are 250 species of bee which are native to this country but two of these have become extinct in the last 75 years. Bees are worth an estimated £200 million to British agriculture due to their crucial role in the pollination of food crops.

The population of bumblebees has fallen by a disturbing 70% in just three decades. We rely on bees for our food but also for oxygen. If there were no bees to pollinate plants, the plants would not seed and so would die out. Life as we know it would end due to the resulting fall in oxygen levels.

Wild flower meadows large and small help support the recovery of bee populations. Bees respond quickly to the establishment of food sources and their presence is a good indication that there are healthy populations of other pollinating insects.

Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies are undeniably an incredibly beautiful sight but one which is becoming increasingly rare in Britain. Indeed, 70 species have become extinct over the last 150 years (4 butterflies and 65 moths). Two-thirds of the surviving species are in decline and many of these are now seriously threatened and so are listed as priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

The presence of butterflies indicates a healthy ecosystem where a range of invertebrates will be found. Collectively, these species are important for pollination and pest control. Moths and butterflies are also crucial elements of the food chain as they are prey for birds and bats, many of which are threatened themselves.

Butterflies and moths are recognised as good indicators of biodiversity. Their fragility means that they are quick to react to change and so their current struggle is providing us with a serious warning about the environment. Wild flower meadows help to promote the recovery of butterfly and moth populations in Britain.