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British native wild flowers in Christ Church Meadows - Spring

Written by John James, posted on Monday, April 30, 2018

Over the last five years we have been doing as much as we can to encourage the reintroduction and reappearance of British native wild flowers within Christ Church Meadows and the surrounding walks.

This ranges from what might be termed “passive” management, where all we do is reduce the cutting regime from weekly to once or twice a year and it is amazing what has appeared in these areas ranging from relatively common plants such as Cowslips and Lady’s Smock through Marsh Marigolds and Wood Anemone to a wild Pyramidal Orchid.

At the other end of the spectrum is “active” management where we have sown wild flower species seeds or planted wild species bulbs, these have been very successful whereas we have struggled to get wild flower plug plants to survive.

Some of the highlights we have seen so far this spring are shown in the image gallery below. Further updates through the year to show the late spring and summer flowers and details of the maintenance programme for these areas will follow.