John Chambers Wildflower Seed, part of the Green-tech family, has donated a custom mix of native wildflower seed to create a new wildflower meadow in Grassington.
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has worked in partnership with Grassington in Bloom and children from Grassington Primary School to create the new area with species-rich wildflowers on Springfield Road.
The meadow is part of a network of wildlife friendly patches across the Dales that aims to reverse the decline in pollinators.
Catherine Mercer, YDMT’s Bee Together officer, says: “What has really blown me away about this project is the support and enthusiasm from the community in Grassington. Although Grassington in Bloom has led the project, all sorts of different people have helped out.
“From passers-by who hopped over the wall to help strip turf, to the children of Grassington Primary who spread wildflower seed. People have lent their time, their tractors and trailers and even space on their farms to make the meadow happen – the village has really come together behind it.”
Bee Together is a programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to work with local communities to create habitats that could help reverse the decline of wild pollinators.
It seeks to create a corridor of these important habitats between Leeds and Lancaster, contributing to a national network of ‘B-Lines’, a series of ‘insect pathways’ running through the countryside and towns mapped by Buglife. Conservation charity Buglife is working with a number of partners to restore and create wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones – ideal for pollinators like bees and butterflies and a host of other wildlife.
This B-line crosses the Yorkshire Dales, the Aire Valley and Lancashire and will help pollinators expand into new locations and move from area to area across a network of new habitats.