The recent sunny weather has seen wildflowers springing up all over parks and in the hedgerows. Now's the time to go outside and appreciate them and all they do for life on Earth!
Not only are our UK-native wildflowers pretty to look at, they also perform a key role in supporting life on the planet we call home, so ensuring that they thrive means that we do, too.
The Friends of Dartmouth Park have encouraged the Park’s gardeners to leave parts of the Park to nature to encourage the wild flowers and provide a key food source to pollinators, which is especially important at times of year when other food sources are in short supply. Many of our favourite fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on insect pollination: strawberries, raspberries, cherries and apples all need to be pollinated by insects, so protecting and maintaining wild, bio-diverse areas is critical to our survival as a species. The new 'no mow' policy in the park has created three areas that are not being mowed.
1. The long meadow on the far side of the park going down to the pool.
2. The woodland dell.
3. the wetland area at the back of the duck pond.