Perennial planting in Berkeley Gardens

Perennial planting in Berkeley Gardens

This summer we've added the Berkely Gardens to our Habitat Cheltenham project, which aims to create a network of biodiversity improvements across Cheltenham's town centre with matched funding support from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund.

The beds in the garden were repeatedly planted over the years with the annual planting, which was very intensive in labour and maintenance. The Habitat Cheltenham project went from strength to strength thanks to Ubico and the green space development team. This perennial scheme is going to be extremely cost effecting (reducing the maintenance visits, no more planting required, pruning once/twice a year, etc.) and it is going to have an amazing impact on our biodiversity in this part of the town. 

In order to make and measure these improvements, the project is focusing on providing for pollinators. Perennial species planted in July 2022 provides pollen, nectar, seeds and nesting material for birds and butterflies. Naturally, the greatest advantage that perennials have is that they come back year-after-year and hugely enhance one of the most important gardens in Cheltenham.

Within the 16 different species planted there is a selection of helleniums, rudbeickias, geraniums, lavenders and a few different types of grasses. 

We've used Strulch to mulch the beds as it is a light and easy to use garden mulch made from wheat straw for organic gardening. 

Strulch has a neutral pH, reduces weed growth, helps retain moisture around plants, enriches soil and its structure, is suitable around flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetables and lasts up to two years, spreading the cost, saving water and fertiliser, making the plants grow healthier and stronger. ‚ÄčThe physical properties of this mulch together with the embedded minerals deters slugs and snails.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to get involved in our projects, please email townscape@cheltenham.gov.uk.

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