Saturday, 20 July 2019

Wildflower experiment in meadow

A WILDFLOWER trial has been set up at Freeman’s Meadow in Henley.

A patch of grassland, measuring 10m by 1m, has been dug up as an experiment.

Volunteers helped to prepare the ground, which will be left bare until weeding and seed sowing day on Wednesday.

The conservation project is a partnership between the Friends of Freeman’s Meadow and Henley Town Council’s parks services staff. Helen Gaynor, a member of the residents’ group, said: “Establishing wildflowers in a semi-rural grassland environment can be a surprisingly tricky proposition.

“After much deliberation with the parks team, it has been decided to trial a short strip in a sunny spot along the Pearce’s Orchard wall towards the Fairmile Court end as an experiment.

“It is one of the many initiatives of the parks conservation warden Ilona Livarski which has gained support and volunteer manpower help from Friends of Freeman’s Meadow.”

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