Urban meadows project a success

Published on 20th August 2014

wild flowers

After fantastic feedback from residents, officers from the council’s green space development team would like to thank everyone who took the time to praise the urban meadows project.

Residents have beautifully captured the meadows in full bloom and have shared these images with the Cheltenham Borough Council Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

The parks team still welcome comments and photos of the meadows across the town. After a sensational summer, the meadows will begin to fade as autumn approaches.

However, Pittville cornfield, either side of Tommy Taylor’s lane in Cheltenham, is still in full flower and is providing essential habitat for pollinating insects, grasshoppers and crickets. The cosmos and bishops flower are continuing to provide nectar for the insects and the poppies have begun to set seed ready for next year.

Once most of the flowers have faded the vegetation will be cut down and left for a few days to allow the seeds to drop ready for next year. Then in the spring, the ground will be ready for the display throughout the summer of 2015.

Janice Peacey, community ranger at Cheltenham Borough Council said: “We are so pleased that over 100 people have contacted us with positive comments about the urban meadows project. When I have been in the parks, people have come up to me and congratulated the council on the fantastic displays and how good it is to see it and wanting more”

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for green environment said: “It is great to see that the urban meadows project has been embraced by local residents. I would like to congratulate the council officers who were involved in the planting. They have done a fantastic job in adding colour to the town.

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For press enquires, contact:
Tom Wheatly, commissioning assistant, email: tom.wheatly@www.cheltenham.gov.uk or tel: 01242 775192