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Meadow Bristol Project to create 6000 sq. m of flower meadows across the city

Annual meadow flowering along the M32 in central Bristol

Annual meadow flowering along the M32 in central Bristol Teija Ahjokoski

15 May 2013

Flower meadows in Bristol’s urban environment? Yes, and not just in the public parks! Bristol City Council are working towards a brighter Bristol by creating flower meadows through their Meadow Bristol project

Flower meadows in Bristol’s urban environment? Yes, and not just in the public parks!

Since 2011, with considerable help from the City’s ground maintenance contractors, the Council has been creating these stunning displays on road verges and roundabouts across the city, in addition to supporting the existing schemes in Bristol’s green spaces.  In addition to creating beautiful places for Bristol’s local residents to enjoy, these meadows are also a welcome and significant source of pollen and nectar for the insect pollinators.

In response to encouraging feedback from the public, Bristol City Council has created the Meadow Bristol project, which aims to increase the area of flower meadows sown in the city. Council funding currently supplements the funds from project sponsors, but the aim is eventually to fund the project completely by sponsorship schemes. Whilst support from members of the public is always welcome, and always much appreciated, the project team is especially interested in talking to potential sponsors from the business community. Details for all potential sponsors, both private and business, are available here.

This year nearly 6000 m2 of meadows will be created at 33 sites across Bristol, with plans for much wider coverage. The Meadow Bristol team is also working with the Urban Pollinators Project to create experimental flower meadows in Bristol parks as part of the University of Bristol’s research.

The floral meadows currently planted by Meadow Bristol have a long flowering season, which benefits pollinators, and are left uncut during the winter to provide food for birds.  Examples can be seen at Hengrove Way and along the M32, on the approach to Bristol city centre. The team is running an experiment to examine the viability of planting perennial meadows. These contain a mixture of flowers, which extend the lifespan of the meadow, potentially up to five years, and maybe even beyond.