Wildflower meadow gets a boost

by | 7 November 2018 | Wildlife, Worksop

Working together Groundwork, Bolsover Woodland Enterprise, Bolsover Countryside Partnership and Derbyshire County Council have increased the wildlife value of a meadow in Brook Park, Shirebrook. Wildflower seeds were collected from wonderful meadows at Poulter Country Park in August. These were dried and sifted by Bolsover Woodland Enterprise group and in September they kindly scattered them on a specially prepared meadow. The team members really enjoyed seeing the job through, from collecting the seed, to sowing it in a new location.
Marion Farrell from Groundwork said: “Next year we should see the benefit of collecting and sowing seeds from Poulter Country Park. The seed mix contained Yellow Rattle, which reduces the vigour of the grass, allowing more wildflowers to thrive.”

Bolsover Woodland Enterprise provides training and work experience for adults with a learning disability. Brook Park was formerly part of Shirebrook Colliery and is owned by The Land Trust. Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield and Crestra Ltd carry out all the management of the site. If you would like any more information about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork on 07801 122494 or mfarrell@groundwork.org.uk.

Volunteers are also invited to learn new skills at the same site on Fridays 9th and 30th November and Wednesday 12th December. The Practical Hedgelaying Days at Brook Park are free — learn why and how coppicing and hedgelaying is carried out during the winter. Booking is essential. Contact Marion Farrell on mfarrell@groundwork.org.uk or 07801 122494.