Wildflowers in Swansea

Council wildflower scheme to go ahead but at reduced level due to coronavirus crisis

The Labour-led Swansea Council is delighted to be able ensure the city’s communities will be a blaze of colour this summer thanks to the wildflower planting scheme.

Over the past few years the council has attracted pollinating insects to its roadside verges, roundabouts, parks and rough ground by seeding areas with a colourful mix of wildflowers.

However, the coronavirus pandemic means that this year’s scheme cannot be as extensive as usual, although areas like Valley Way in the Enterprise Zone, the Morriston Park trail and the long stretch between Civic Centre and West Cross will all feature a colourful array of wildflowers.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “We know how popular our wildflower scheme is. Over the years we’ve had lots of praise from residents and it’s been copied by other councils all over Wales and the UK.

“This year Coronavirus has stopped us from carrying out the extensive programme of seeding and growing that we’re used to doing. Next year, all being well, it’ll be back.

“But there is still time this year for us to seed some busy areas of the city, including sites along Swansea Bay near the Civic Centre as well as on Oystermouth Road, Mumbles Road, the Llangefelach roundabout and the Morriston Park Trail.

“Our parks teams will be out in the coming days and weeks to prepare the ground and sow the seeds so that there’ll be a blaze of colour by the end of July and August. All this work will be done strictly in line with the Welsh Government rules on social distancing.”

The wildflowers seeding programme is part of a range of measures by the council’s parks team to restart some services in the wake of the lockdown.

It’s included the resumption of grass mowing on some roadside verges to improve traffic visibility as well as in some parks. In some parks areas are being left uncut to encourage biodiversity and promote pollinator corridors for insects.

Cllr Thomas said: “Predicting what will happen in the coming months is not easy to do. But those who are able to visit places like their local park or the prom area in line with the Welsh Government social distancing restrictions will have a little more colour to enjoy.

“As always we’d appeal to visitors to take their rubbish and dog mess home with them.”

 

 

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