Wildflower Turf Ltd delivered educational talks at events organised by the RHS as part of its recent National Gardening Week.
Head gardeners of large UK estates and the general public attending the talks at RHS Wisley and RHS Harlow Carr were advised on establishing wild flower habitats and the use of turf to overcome problems associated with traditional seeding methods.
Wildflower Turf director James Hewetson-Brown provided tips on turf laying techniques and highlighted evidence of successful implementation at last year’s Olympic Games where the company supplied turf for the opening ceremony, equestrian events and areas of the Athlete’s Village.
He also explained the role wild flowers can play in helping to meet sustainability criteria for building regulations BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Hewetson-Brown said: “Wildflowers are being increasingly recognised by landscapers, gardeners and architects for their aesthetic qualities and the biodiversity they provide.
“However many tell us that using seed is too difficult and therefore avoided altogether, and seed companies have estimated that up to 90 per cent of the seed they supply fails to become a wild flower habitat due to weeds and grasses suppressing and out-competing the wildflowers.
“We’re beginning to educate people that using turf is the only way to guarantee habitat establishment, and through events like this that the RHS have kindly invited us to speak at, we’re spreading the message.”
Wildflower Turf Ltd has supplied around 1,500m² of turf to RHS Harlow Carr for the establishment of three wildflower meadows – one as a surround to a formal lawn, one on the bank of a pond and one on a steep earth bank.
Alison Goding, garden manager for RHS Harlow Carr said wild flowers were an integral part of the gardens: “Wild flowers help us maintain the right balance in terms of biodiversity and combating garden pests. They’re also a great educational tool during visits. Using turf has helped us overcome problems with steep banking where seeds would have just been washed away.”