A biodiversity project will receive more green shoots to grow from for 2022.

Denbighshire County Council’s local provenance tree nursery at Green Gates Farm, St Asaph, is seeing the first signs of a successful boost for the Wildflower Meadows Project.

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

The nursery aims to produce 5,000 native wildflower plants a year alongside 5,000 native trees

And already the team at the site is seeing the fruits of their labour with the first native wildflower seeds germinating.

Following the Council’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in 2019, this project is part of an ongoing commitment to enhancing biodiversity across the county.

Throughout Denbighshire there are now nearly 60 Wildflower Meadows project sites, including highway verges, footpath edges, cycleways and amenity grasslands with more sites planned for inclusion this spring.

These sites, along with the 11 roadside nature reserves, are equivalent to nearly 30 football pitches worth of grassland managed as native wildflower meadows.

As well as protecting wildflowers, the meadows are also boosting the welfare of native insects to Denbighshire.

Cllr Tony Thomas, the Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said “It’s great to see supportive growth for such an important biodiversity project. These new plants have been grown from others all taken from Denbighshire, which means they are much more adapted to our local landscape.

“The plants and also the trees grown will be used to help improve biodiversity within Denbighshire, through providing more wildflowers for our pollinators and more trees for our birds and other wildlife.

“As well as giving more support to biodiversity on our own land, the wildflowers and the trees will be made available to local community groups who are keen to encourage wildlife in their area.”

As the work at the tree nursery increases the Council is also keen to get local people involved as volunteers. If you would like to get involved please get in touch using this email address biodiversity@denbighshire.gov.uk

 

For more information on the Council’s Climate and Ecological Change work please visit this link

https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/environmental-health/climate-and-ecological-change/wildflower-meadow-project.aspx