Blooming Marvellous


Residents of Maidstone can now enjoy a touch of the countryside with nearly 10,000 square metres of wildflower sites planted.

Following the hard work of Maidstone Borough Council’s grounds maintenance teams a series of ‘pollinator project sites’ have been planted with wildflowers.  These sites provide much needed habitat for pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Moths and Beetles to name a few as well as adding a splash of colour.

 

Wildflowers by Lockmeadow

 

In the town centre these can be found along Lockmeadow, by the Clocktower and by the underpass and have been sown with annual flower seeds.  The ‘pollinator meadows’ which can be found a little further out have been planted with a mixture of annual and perennial flowers and meadow grasses.

 

In addition to being easy on the eye and great for our little friends meadows are also some of the most efficient habitats for carbon storage. Meadows outperform shrubs and heathland in carbon capture (source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

 

The ‘pollinator meadow’ sites and sizes are:

 

Site location

Approx Size (m2)

Ward

Grovewood Drive North

600

Boxley

Shepway Green

3500

Shepway North 

Parkwood Recreation Ground

1200

Park Wood

South Park (Postley Road)

600

High Street

Whatman Park

100

Bridge

Dickens Road

1200

North Ward

Bearsted Road (opposite Hilton Hotel)

2000

East

Gatland Recreation Ground

500

Fant

Total

9700

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