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Bridport Volunteers go wild
11:30am Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
A GROUP of Bridport volunteers has sown the seeds of a wild flower meadow which will bloom in 2014.
Allington Hillbillies volunteer group has prepared an area of land near Coopers Wood to encourage wild flowers to grow.
Cathy Harvey, coordinator of the group, said: “With the help of the Woodland Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust we have prepared an area of land to turn into a flower meadow. We have chosen an area on the edge of Coopers Wood and hope to have it in full flower for 2014, the tenth anniversary of the planting of the wood by the schoolchildren of Bridport.”
Nick Gray of the Dorset Wildlife Trust advised the group on how to encourage more wild flowers to grow at the site by sowing Yellow Rattle seed to condition the soil ready for sowing wild flower seeds next autumn.
Chris Toombs, project manager, said: “We are very grateful of Nick’s help with this project and obtaining the Yellow Rattle seed for us.
“We now have a lot of fundraising to do so we can purchase good quality wild flower seed for next autumn.
“It really seems to have fired people’s imaginations, with many volunteers collecting wild flower seed.”
Allington Hillbillies will also be hosting its second annual autumn festival on Saturday, September 29 from 4pm.