Council launches new project of wildflowers

Common Knapweed
Common Knapweed

Daventry District Council is looking for people to take part in an innovative project to help increase the amount of wildflowers in the district.

The Big Poppy Plant is being held in spring 2014 and will run in conjunction with the World War One centenary to mark 100 years since the start of war.

The initiative aims to increase the amount of wildflowers in the district by planting poppies together with cornfield species such as cornflower, corn marigold and corncockle.

Work has started at Daventry Country Park in preparation for a new wildflower area and all schools across the district have also received a free packet of wildflower seeds from the Cooperative ‘Plan Bee’ campaign.

However the council wants community groups, schools, local businesses, parish councils and charity groups to take part in the project and plant as many wildflowers as possible in March 2014.

The Council is also looking for more partners to join the Big Poppy Plan project. Groups can get lots of support and advice from Daventry District Council, and also the chance to receive free seeds, by registering their interest and completing a form online at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/wildflowers. For more information about the initiative, contact Alice Ellis at DDC on 01327 871100 or email aellis@daventrydc.gov.uk