Encouraging pollinators at Earles Meadow

North Horsham Parish Council has been given some wildflower seeds to sow at the parish owned Open Space at Earles Meadow as part of the West Sussex County Council Pollinator Action Plan. The plan aims to help reduce the threat to our bees and other pollinators that are vital to our crops, gardens and countryside, as well as improving awareness and increasing the number of pollinator habitats in West Sussex.

The seeds include Strong Creeping Red Fescue, Chewings Fescue, Slender Creeping Red Fescue, Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass, Browntop Bent, Clover, Oxeye Daisy, Foxglove, Corn Poppies and Corn Marigolds along with several other species.

The Earles Meadow Conservation Group has kindly offered to plant the seeds on behalf of the Council and to give the Parish Council an update as they germinate and progress. Photographs of the sowing and hopefully the final display will be submitted to West Sussex County Council to demonstrate that North Horsham parish is playing its part in this initiative.

Wild flowers are planted for all to enjoy, so please don’t pick them, instead leave them for others to enjoy and for them to play their vital part in bringing the benefits that natural pollinators have on our environment.

More details about this initiative and West Sussex County Council’s Pollinator Action Plan can be found at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/media/12616/pollinator_action_plan.pdf

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