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My interest is in growing native wildflowers, mainly on our allotment at Bath City Farm, but also in pots and tubs at home.

On the allotment I have a small "bog" garden, a mini meadow and a "wildlife bank" to which I have transplanted various wildflowers that have been displaced by our vegetable plots. Prior to obtaining the allotment I had little awareness of wild flowers, but in clearing the plots it quickly became clear that we were displacing a number of interesting plants and the wildlife that depended on them. As a result our allotment has become as much about wildlife as it is about food.

But I know that growing native wild flowers is not easy. Creating and maintaining a meadow is not easy, and I'm still trying to achieve my aims. I know that I can't have tidy wildflower plots. I know that Red Campion plants host a myriad of insects, but can be invasive. I know that its very difficult to grow a meadow from seed. I know the badgers love to dig up anything I plant with compost. But I also know that allotments can be a great refuge for our threatened pollinators and wildlife. And I know that every year will bring an amazing surprise as wild flowers return to my little corner of the former pasture that the allotments have been created from.

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Jackie Michelmore, Lookout Landscapes

    Keep up the good work John
    ....and check out the website for the wildflower charity Plantlife for lots of info & advice

  2. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    It's so good to hear of such a sensitive approach to land use; recognising the importance of what's there, as well as growing veg. Obviously both wildlife and growing food are priorities in a sustainable city! Best of luck with your endeavours - got any photos? :-)

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