People urged to take part in new wildflower project

Daventry District Council Chairman Councillor Catherine Lomax (centre) with fellow Barby villagers at the Flag Pole in the village where wildflowers were planted for the Big Poppy Plant
Daventry District Council Chairman Councillor Catherine Lomax (centre) with fellow Barby villagers at the Flag Pole in the village where wildflowers were planted for the Big Poppy Plant
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An innovative wildflower planting scheme is to return following the success of a project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Groups across the Daventrydistrict took part in a Big Poppy Plant and saw thousands of red poppies bloom across the Daventry district.

The project proved so successful that Daventry District Council is now launching a second scheme focussing on creating perennial wildflower meadows.

It is open to groups across the District, which can apply for up to 150g of seed mix each – enough to cover 450 square metres of ground. The seeds should ideally be sown by the end of October, with a small amount of maintenance required once the wildflowers are in bloom.

Villagers with a number of community groups are being urged to put a joint application so the seeds can he shared.

Interested groups are invited to find out more about the project during a meeting at DDCs offices, in Lodge Road, Daventry, at 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, Environment portfolio holder at Daventry District Council, said: “The Big Poppy Plant was a great success and we were really pleased with the positive response from communities across Daventry District.

“This next phase will focus on creating indigenous wildflower meadows and we expect to get a large number of parish councils and community groups involved with the scheme.

“We welcome groups of all sizes wanting to engage the local community in this project. I would urge groups to register to attend the meeting by completing the online survey, to ensure they don’t miss out.”

To find out more about the scheme and the meeting visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/wildflowers.