Do not be alarmed if you see council workers killing off the grass in this corner of Montgomery Street park over the next few weeks. The Friends of Montgomery Street Park have announced that council staff will be working on creating a new bee friendly wild flower meadow.
The annual wild flower meadow will be planted to as part of the “Urban Pollinators Project” which is a piece of academic research that aims to work out what green space managers can do to improve insect pollinator diversity and abundance in urban habitats.
In 2012, similar wild flower meadows were planted in Pilrig Park and St Mark’s Park, and overall the three year project spans four UK cities and includes 60 different meadows.
Tasca Shadix, Secretary of the Friends of Montgomery Street Park said: “The annual meadow will be created in Montgomery Street Park this year, in the area near where the apple trees are planted. Some of the trees may be moved slightly, and others will be added to replace missing or damaged trees. We were given some input as to the location of the meadow and all agreed this would seem to be the most appropriate location.
“Once the weather has warmed up they will kill the grass in the area where the meadow will be planted. The ground will then be rotavated and then sprayed again if required. Then the seeds will be sown, and all being well, a lovely annual meadow should appear 6-8 weeks later.
“We look forward to seeing the results of this interesting project. There should be some signage in place when it begins, but we wanted to pass along word about what was happening for those who will be curious, e.g. when the grass initially disappears!”