We want to improve the natural beauty of your local woodlands by planting native wildflowers under trees by footpaths. This will make them more enjoyable for visitors, but just as important, combat the spread of invasive species threatening our wildlife. It will also increase your visual enjoyment of your Valley.
About the project
Ground flora in Wellesley Woodlands and the A331 road corridor right now is mostly brambles and nettles - great for wildlife, but not so nice to look at. Most of the trees in the new Wellesley Woodlands and the A331 road corridor woodlands are relatively young with little understory and a narrow diversity of species. It could take decades for any ground flora to colonise these areas naturally, but by then, it may be too late anyway, because invasive species, such as Spanish Bluebells, will probably have taken over. We need to stop this because most native invertebrates will not eat them.
What we'll do
Native flowers that you know and love, close to footpaths, will improve the scenery and make you feel proud of your local sites.
Planting native wildflowers locally is providing vital food sources for bees, butterflies, and other insects, and this attracts those higher up the food chain such as birds and small mammals.
The wildflowers we want to introduce include Violets, Wood Anemone, Wood Sorrel and Bluebells, a staple of British spring time. These will be purchased from a local supplier or sourced from other sites managed by the Blackwater Valley Partnership. Their rangers and volunteers will then introduce the wildflowers to the selected sites.
We think this is such an important project we made it the subject of our 2017 appeal and sowed 2 sites in Wellesley Woodlands and by Cove Brook. Subject to funding, we plan to sow other sites in Wellesley Woodlands and other woodlands along the Valley.