BRINGING WILD FLOWERS INTO THE CITY
This year’s Portsmouth in Bloom celebration also sees meadow flowers, including poppies, cornflowers and cosmos, introduced to a range of sites across the city. The Portsmouth City Council project includes big open spaces such as Canoe Lake and Milton Park, busy main roads like Lake Road, Queen Street and Northern Road in Cosham. There are also some tucked away in the heart of local communities including Hempstead Green in Paulsgrove and Southsea’s Clarendon Gardens. The meadows were sown back in the spring and made possible thanks to sponsorship from Colas and Portsmouth Water.
…some tucked away in the heart of local communities including Hempstead Green in Paulsgrove and Southsea’s Clarendon Gardens…
…The meadows attract more insects such as bees and butterflies which will help with the pollination of other plants in the area…
Improving Our Environment
As well as being a colourful addition to the city, urban meadows have significant environmental benefits too. The meadows attract more insects such as bees and butterflies which will help with the pollination of other plants in the area, boosting the local ecosystem of the inner-city environment. In particular it should help butterflies which have declined in urban areas by 69 per cent since 1995 because of a reduction in green space and people paving over gardens.
The new meadows coincide the creation of a new butterfly house and garden at Cumberland House that will open very soon and will complement the established wildflower meadows and grassland found at Portsdown Hill, Hilsea Lines, Milton Common and other semi-natural open spaces within the city.
The urban meadows link with wider aims to use flowers and plants to improve the city’s appearance. New timber planters, donated by the organisers of the city’s Oktoberfest event, have recently been installed in Guildhall Square with more set to follow.
Urban Meadow Walk with Portsmouth Friends of the Earth
…explore a number of the urban meadows…