Wildflowers set to bloom in the heart of town

Wildflowers such as yellow rattle could soon be blooming in Buckingham's Heartlands
Wildflowers such as yellow rattle could soon be blooming in Buckingham's Heartlands

A new wildflower meadow is being created in the heart of Buckingham.

Green hay was cut last week from the Upper Ray Meadows nature reserve, owned by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), and transported to Buckingham.

Green hay is cut at the Upper Ray Meadows

Green hay is cut at the Upper Ray Meadows

Using a muckspreader, it was then spread out on to a patch of land in the Heartlands which had previously been prepared by harrowing. It was then rolled in.

The hay contains the seeds of many plant species, which will hopefully create a sward of wildflowers within the next two years.

The project is a partnership between BBOWT and Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), which owns the Heartlands.

It forms part of a national Coronation Meadows initiative, inspired by the Prince of Wales.

The green hay is spread in the Heartlands

The green hay is spread in the Heartlands

The plan is to celebrate existing meadows, such as the Upper Ray Meadows near Bicester, which has been designated Buckinghamshire’s flagship Coronation Meadow, and then to create new meadows using seeds donated from these Coronation Meadows.

Once the Buckingham meadow is established, Heartlands will hopefully be home to a wide variety of wildflower species.

These could include vetches, birdsfoot trefoil, lady’s bedstraw, knapweed, great burnet, pepper saxifrage, saw-wort, meadowsweet, meadow buttercup and yellow rattle.

AVDC ecologist Paul Holton will be enlisting the help of the local community over the next few years to ensure the longevity of the meadow.

A series of events will take place to celebrate the meadow, once it is established.