Why a wildflower meadow?
Wildflower spaces are a great solution to providing not only a habitat to support a diverse range of nature, including bees and butterflies, but also a low maintenance, contrasting blanket of colour to your lawn or green space.
- Increase biodiversity
Wildflower meadows are proven to be one of the most efficient solutions for biodiversity net gain. A wildflower meadow will evolve and change dependent on weather conditions and cutting regime, attracting a vast array of insects throughout the years.
- Very little maintenance
A native wildflower meadow can last for decades with just one cut a year in the autumn.
- Drought and shade tolerant
Wildflower meadows are deep rooting and require very little water once established.
- A great way to add colour and contrast
Complement any green space.
Benefits of a wildflower meadow
From Autumn Hawkbit to Viper’s Bugloss there is a wide variety of species that can be part of a successful wildflower meadow whatever the objective.
Biodiversity is our key resource and support system. It is critical for the
functioning of ecosystems which supply us with products and services;
oxygen, food, fresh water, medicines, and a stable climate to name a few.
It helps sustain the human existence and our quality of life.
A wildflower meadow naturally produces a biodiverse habitat, supporting birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other invertebrate species.
Low maintenance and sustainable
A considerable benefit of a wildflower meadow is the very small amount of maintenance is usually required. Come autumn your meadow will just need to be cut down to 20-50 mm with the arising collected to prevent mulching and suppressing the newly dropped wild flower seeds.
Perennial wildflower meadows can last decades with just one cut a year.
Adds colour and contrast to a green space
A wildflower meadow is dynamic and will change year to year dependant on conditions and cutting regime as species thrive and establish.
The mix that we use for our wildflower meadows uses native perennial species, which produce a changing palette of colour throughout the seasons.
Additionally many species grow to 18 inches high creating a contrasting
Drought and shade tolerant
Deep rooting, wildflower meadows require very little water once established and certain species do very well in dabbled shade.
Considerations of a wildflower meadow
Like most things it’s important to understand the limitations so you can make an informed decision whether a wildflower meadow is the right solution.
Can be challenging to create
Wildflower meadows can be regarded as difficult and time consuming to establish.
Success is down to knowledge, experience, preparation, and the use of the right materials at the right time in the right environment.
Not suitable for high traffic areas
A wildflower meadow is not a lawn, it can’t cope with the rough and tumble of regular traffic.
Not suitable for boggy low light areas
Although very hardy, a wildflower meadow won’t thrive in an environment that is regularly boggy and/or under constant shade.
Initial higher investment
The initial upfront investment can be more than the creation of a lawn, but with the reduction in maintenance required a wildflower meadow pays for itself in little time.
Shade tolerant mix
For areas of little light
An all UK native perennial wild flower mix suitable for a wide range of soil types.
Designed to perform well around trees and lightly shaded areas as well as open meadow sites.
It is made up of over 30 species of UK native flowers.
A highly flexible mix of your choice to match your needs and designs.
Typical use is for any geographical or sensitive regions requiring a native local provenance or rare species mix and to meet regulatory requirements such as BREEAM.
Can meet site specific requirements such as wet, dry, shaded, specific soil types etc.
Sustainable Urban Drainage System
Assists in the breakup of pan or soil compaction for maximum water dispersal, whilst remaining established in times of drought or periodic flooding.
This solution remains aesthetically and environmentally pleasing, introducing improved biodiversity with very low maintenance required.
We are an accredited partner of Wildflower Turf Ltd, the leading supplier of knowledge and products to create successful wildflower spaces in the UK.
Endorsed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Wildflower Turf Ltd have been involved in a number of high profile projects including:
London 2012 Olympics – view case study
Great crested newt mitigation strategy – view case study
Wildflower creation approach
Following our assessment, taking into account your objectives and the area, we will provide a proposal with associated costs.
We create wildflower spaces by either seeding or turfing:
An enhanced growing medium for effective successful wildflower meadow creation from seed.
Launched after years of testing and development by Wild Flower Turf Ltd.
Approved and used by The Royal Botanic Gardens,Kew,
Extensively tested and enriched with Hydropor™, Meadowscape Pro is suitable for a number of different situations.
It delivers optimal seed germination leading to quick, healthy wildflower establishment.
Since 2003 Wildflower Turf Ltd. have been developing their wildflower turf to become recognised as the UK’s pioneering & leading supplier.
High quality, reliable and ready-made wildflower meadow from turf, which is fast to establish and can be installed year round.
Discuss your wildflower project further
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