Westbridge Park to be turned in to meadow

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Disused land on Westbridge Park in Stone is to become a haven for wildlife. The ground at the back of the Park continually floods and will now be turned in to meadow.

Stafford Borough Council wants to encourage orchids and other wild flowers to blossom on the area and attract butterflies and bees as part of its biodiversity strategy. Work has already got underway to remove the existing grass so that new seeding can take place.

It would mean the town having a network of similar nature spots, as it is in between the Crown Meadow and Southern Meadow Local Nature Reserve. And the move is expected to go down well with ‘In Bloom’ judges – who look for sites dedicated to biodiversity as part of their judging criteria.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said:

“This is a great idea. We are taking a couple of hectares of land that floods, and therefore pretty much unusable, and turning it into a haven for wildlife.”

People can expect to see the first signs of the meadow flourishing by next summer.