April 13, 2024

Volunteers sow future support for Denbighshire’s biodiversity

Work is underway at Denbighshire County Council’s local provenance tree nursery to grow this year’s season of wildflowers at the site.

The project has the aim of producing 5,000 native wildflower plants alongside 5,000 native trees each year.

This project has been funded by Welsh Government, through the Local Nature Partnerships Cymru ENRaW project and Local Places for Nature grant.

Wildflowers grown at the St Asaph site are sourced from existing wildflower meadows across Denbighshire to protect native species. Last year nearly 8,000 plants were grown at the nursery and contributed to boosting the existing biodiversity of local county wildflower meadows.

Volunteers joined the member of the Biodiversity team to lay the groundwork for this year’s crop of wildflower plants.

They helped sow seeds for species including selfheal, lesser knapweed, crosswort, red clover, lady’s bedstraw, black medick, hedge woundwort, red campion, greater bird’s-foot trefoil, goat’s-beard, cat’s-ear, field scabious and autumn hawkbit.

Currently nearly 4,500 seeds have already been sown with future volunteer sessions planned at the tree nursery to help increase the number on site.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers who help us with our biodiversity projects across Denbighshire. Their support is important to improving our environment and biodiversity for future generations in the county.

“This is also a fantastic start for this year’s crop of wildflowers that will eventually go back into our meadows to continue boosting our local biodiversity.”

The next session of volunteer seed sowing at the tree nursery is on Tuesday March 28 from 10am-3pm. The location address is Denbighshire Tree Nursery, Green Gates Farm, Cwttir Lane, St Asaph, LL17 0LF.

 

If you would like to take part please email: [email protected]