In a field near me…

A2PLNT38 I have been watching the plots in a field near me, over the last few months in order to see what is growing and doing well and what is struggling. Unfortunately, I cannot give you the names of the plants yet, but I can tell you a bit more about the project, taken from their website here.Quote,In November (2012) we had a meeting with partners from Councils in Bedford and Luton, and the Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, to identify sites for the experimental meadow plantings which are a part of workpackage 4 of the project: experimental manipulations of biodiversity and ecosystem function. We are identifying sites in which up to 9 different mixtures of grasses and herbaceous plants – creating different structures and species diversity – can be established, to examine their effect on invertebrate biodiversity, aesthetic value, and soil performance compared to the mown amenity grassland which would otherwise be there, and at the same time, their sustainability from a land management perspective. Can biodiversity and function be improved, while also being more cost effective to maintain? +++ f3ues-meadow-1-2013 Overall, the plots have been very well received by the local public which has been reflected in comments from interested people coming to ask questions and from a series of surveys that have been undertaken by the F3UES team. People seem to particularly appreciate the conversion from cut-grass to colourful flower displays. Comments include: “I love the flowers; better than cut grass” and “Nice to see flowers; a bit of colour”. More detailed examinations of people’s responses to the plots will be explored in the coming months through discussion groups, and we look forward to seeing the plots develop their full potential over the next year. Progress and preliminary results were shared at a gathering of the principal local partners at a stakeholder meeting at Cranfield University in September where there was very positive feedback and productive discussions. The active involvement, interest and enthusiasm brought to the project by partners – in particular the Councils’ involvement with the meadow experiments – has been invaluable, and we look forward to sharing the results with them.’ end of quote

Recently the plots near me have been ploughed up. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

By the way, I think you are right about the wild carrot, Loren. It looks like one to me too.


11 thoughts on “In a field near me…

    • This country used to covered with meadows like that one. Sadly there aren’t so many anymore. However, slowly things are turning around as people realise how important these areas of ‘natural’ flowers are.

  1. This is such a wonderful idea. I wish they did more things like this here. There’s a big greenspace in the middle of downtown now, but they’re already beginning to fill it with construction sites and roads. But at least the wildflowers were nice this summer . . .

  2. And of course using the land in this way instead of having it mown means the various councils are saving money by not having workers out there cutting. They can utilise their hours performing other tasks. All said with tongue in cheek but wondering just the same
    Actually what I am wondering about is what will happen to the land during your winter?
    Take care

    • Yes mostly it is just scythed down, but as part of the project, it looks like they are going to dig some of the plots up (there are 8) and leave some to do their own thing. I’m watching…

  3. Flowers, wild or cultivated are a joy, whenever and wherever they appear. I just wish the urge to tidy-up and keep everywhere tidy could be suppressed occasionally, particularly in the summer. The wild flowers have been a joy in our country lanes this year, and some farmers have left their hedges straggle through the to autumn so the blackberries have been plentiful too.

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