Blooming Stoke

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Did you know? Since the 1930’s, the UK has lost 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows, which has had a devastating impact on our pollinating insects.

A series of stunning wildflower meadow areas are set to be created around Stoke-on-Trent as part of an exciting new project.

The flower-filled areas are set to be created at green spaces around the City as part of a new initiative called Blooming Stoke, spearheaded by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

In addition to looking stunning, the nectar-rich meadows will help to aid the survival of pollinating insects including bees and butterflies, which have suffered alarming population declines in recent decades.

Blooming Stoke has been funded through the SITA Trust’s Enriching Nature Programme, through the Landfill Communities Fund, and supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and Natural England.

Eight green spaces have been proposed as sites for the creation of wildflower areas. Consultation events, giving people the opportunity to find out more about the project and help to shape it, will be held at each site on the following dates:

· Meir Park (behind the Weathervane pub) – Friday June 21, 4pm – 7pm

· Westport Lake – Saturday June 22, 11am – 1pm

· Grange Park – Saturday June 22, 2pm – 4pm

· Bucknall Park – Tuesday June 25, 4pm – 7pm

· Bradeley Fields – Monday July 8, 4pm – 7pm

· Florence Meadows Tuesday July 9, 4pm – 7pm

· Brookwood Drive, Meir, Wednesday July 10, 4pm – 7pm

· Fenton Road Greenway – Thursday July 11, 4pm -7pm

Everyone is welcome to attend, and all residents will be given the opportunity to have their say on the size and location of the wildflower meadow areas at the proposed sites.

A host of free family activities will also be on offer at the events, to encourage youngsters to learn all about bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Anyone unable to attend the consultation events can email their comments to bloomingstoke@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on 01889 880121 or Stoke-on-Trent City Council grounds and parks department on 01782 235575.

The project has been singled out for praise by TV naturalist Simon King, the award-winning wildlife cameraman and star of such TV shows as BBCs Planet Earth, Big Cat Diary and Springwatch.

Mr King, who is also President of The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Sadly, too many of us have never seen the exquisite beauty of a wildflower meadow. The dancing heads of a myriad flowers, visited by the wings of butterflies and bees. The Blooming Stoke initiative will bring again to the communities of Stoke-on-Trent the magic of the wild world on their doorstep.”