Up to 50 hectares of Glasgow grassland is set to be maintained as traditional meadows as part of a plan to promote biodiversity in the city.
Thirty grasslands across the city have been identified as sites which will be designed to encourage and support small mammals and birds, pollinators, invertebrates and a wide range of plant species.
Further work to enhance the city’s open spaces will also involve planting 250,000 bulbs and plug plants as well as wildflower seeds sown on a range of plots. The plots include parks, road verges and steep slopes that are difficult to maintain.
It is anticipated that the extent of meadow land in the city will grow by 1 hectare per each year, which will mean a further five large scale meadows to be created over the next four years and eight other sites to be enhanced with additional wildflower planting.
The initiative to extend the coverage of wildflower meadows is part of the city’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan. This includes a specific plan to support pollinator species within Glasgow. Taken together, the plans are delivering or working on over 100 actions to enhance biodiversity, assist and develop ecosystems as well as encouraging volunteering across the city
The contribution of voluntary groups such as The Conservation Volunteers and the RSPB has been crucial to the effort to create wildflower meadows.
The work involves stripping back scrub or cutting grass and removing all the vegetation so that ground suitable for wildflower planting is created.