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Hamworthy Park Welcomes Wildflower Meadows

A local community have helped to plant wildflower meadows in one of Poole's most popular parks.

The idea, initially suggested by The Friends of Hamworthy Park, took root and is becoming a reality thanks to help from Borough of Poole and pupils from the nearby Hamworthy Park Junior School.

Getting involved Hamworthy Park Junior School

Ten members of Year 5 and Year 6 School Council helped prepare the wildflower meadow areas which are located along the edge of the park, alongside the fence for the railway line.

The pupils then helped mix and sow a range of seeds including typical meadow flowers such as oxeye daisy, cowslip and yellow rattle. To add extra colour to the meadows in the first year, cornfield annuals such as poppies and the blue cornflower were also sown.

Planting began in early March and it is anticipated that the first wildflowers will start to bloom in a couple of months time. The meadows will not only provide an attractive area for park users to enjoy but will also provide benefits for the local wildlife including seeds for birds and shelter for small mammals and other animals. Moths will be attracted to the night-scented lemon-coloured evening primrose and goldfinches will relish the seeds of teasel.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: "We should all be really concerned at the widespread loss of habitat across the Borough, through various reasons, and the more we can do to increase our natural environment and support wildlife the better the future will be. This is one of the reasons why this project is so fantastic.

"We are delighted to have the brilliant support and involvement of The Friends of Hamworthy Park and Hamworthy Park Junior School. The park will soon benefit from vibrant displays of wildflowers and additional wildlife interest for all our budding David Attenboroughs to enjoy."

James Lumber, Deputy Headteacher at Hamworthy Park Junior school, said: "We are really pleased to be involved in the improvement of Hamworthy Park. It is a fantastic space and one that is essential to our local community. It is great that the children have had the opportunity to contribute towards its improvement and we hope that we can continue to be involved in the future."

Councillor Mike White, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "This much loved play area now boasts its very own wildflower meadows. I would encourage everyone to come and visit this wonderful park and see what can be achieved when everyone works together."

Councillor Charmaine Parkinson, Ward Member for Hamworthy East, Borough of Poole, said: "It was great to see the children working so hard and enthusiastically sowing the wildflowers and it is a brilliant initiative by the Friends of Hamworthy Park working in partnership with Borough of Poole. I can’t wait to see the wildflower meadows bloom."

The cost of purchasing and planting the seeds has been met by Borough of Poole and The Friends of Hamworthy Park.