Shrewsbury Town Council has brought a touch of the countryside to the heart of the town.
Staff from the Countryside and Greenspace team have identified a number of areas around the town which are suitable to sow wildflower seeds to create a wildflower meadow effect.
Matt Wilcoxon, countryside and greenspace manager for the Town Council, said: “Our annual flower areas are midway through their bloom at the moment and look stunning. The display at the front of the Abbey has been attracting the attention of photographers from around the town.
“Although many people think that flower seeds can just be thrown onto grass and left to grow, these areas require specialist management at key times of the year to become established.
“However, they provide a wonderful food source for wildlife and fewer emissions compared to frequent mowing.”
The wildflower areas can be found at the following locations:
- Battlefield Car Park off the Battlefield Link Road
- Shorncliffe Recreation Ground off Shelton Road
- Copthorne Park off Richmond Drive
- Church Road and Stanley Lane Recreation Grounds
- The verge off Hubert Way / Ellesmere Road
- Mousefield Nature Reserve off Underdale Road
- The Abbey off Abbey Foregate
- Shelton Road / The Mount junction
- The rear of Quarry View flats off New Street
- The verge off the A49 / A5112 roundabout
- Meole Brace roundabout
- Robertson Way
- Springfield Mere off Mereside
Councillor Kevin Pardy, Chairman of the Town Council’s Recreation and Leisure Committee, added: “Following the success of the wildflower areas last year, Town Council staff identified additional areas for this summer to bring more wildflower verges to Shrewsbury. The areas look great at the moment and are helping with our biodiversity targets to provide a source of food for wildlife. I would recommend that people take a tour of the sites to see the vibrant colours of the wildflowers whilst they are at their best.”
Published 6 July 2021