• Wildflower Gardens at Tapley

    One of the Friends’ projects for 2017 was to create another wildflower area in a location of the park which previously had been left purely as grassland. After consultation with WCBC parks department, the Tapley Avenue car park entrance was chosen as a perfect site with lots of potential.

    Working hard

    Working hard

    In January I was invited to attend the environmental committee meeting of Acton Community Council, I discussed our plans and as a result, the group was awarded a small grant of £250 towards the purchase of specialist wildflower seeds.

    Almost done

    Almost done

    On 28 March the group met up at the site, along with volunteers from Acton Community Council, Keep Wales Tidy, WCBC and local residents. Armed with our spades, forks and rakes, the hard work of preparing and creating the new beds began.

    We have sown our mixture of annual and perennial pollinator seeds in two small beds around the car park entrance and have created another large bed alongside the footpath leading down to Jeffreys Road. Our seeds will attract butterflies and other small insects and the bees will be provided with a valuable supply of nectar. These quick growing seeds will hopefully provide a host of colour year after year and provide interest for our visitors and residents.

    Planting the seeds

    Planting the seeds

    Thank you to every one who helped on the day, especially Gill who provided us with much needed tea, coffee and delicious hot snacks of pasties and sausage rolls.

    Waiting for them to grow

    Waiting for them to grow