photo Orchid on Red Bank

Wild flower Management in Wednesfield North

Here in Wednesfield North we have two principle wild flower sites that I have discovered.

There is a site in the Ashmore Park itself, and the other one is in Kitchen Lane on Green Open Space what we called as kids ‘The Red Bank’.

I have been asking City Council about the management plans for these sites, but mainly about the ‘Red Bank’ site.

City Officials have responded by stating  “The basic maintenance for all our wild flower meadows is that the grass is left to grow until late August and then the areas are cut dried and the clipping collected whereby they are either used for introducing other projects to different areas or they are disposed of by the contractor.

Depending on the nature of the site, arising’s on some environmental  areas are cut and left on sire to re generate but Kitchen lane o/s is supported by a local professor and so it has great interest in what grows there.

Also, we have interest from our neighbouring council, Walsall, in which they have requested that they can have access to the wild flower zone next year to support a new project in their town.

Again, depending on the nature of the environmental area, following the initial grass cut in August, the grass is either left until the following season or the plot is mown as per our normal programme of grass cutting until the end of the season and then left again to grow and flower until  the next august period.”

I still have some questions and I am engaged with the city officials, and will report on any further information

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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