April 22nd, 2015

Blue Orange Wildflower Meadow Project

April ’15

We have embarked on an exciting local community project to turn an unused grassed area into a butterfly and bee friendly wildflower meadow.

The project sees the company providing both wildflowers and ‘on the ground’ volunteer hours at the weekend in partnership with a local residents’ association and the London Borough of Bromley.

The area, located in a park in St Paul’s Cray near Orpington used to be a swing park area which was subsequently moved to a more open space within the park.

The project is being overseen by the Parks & Open Spaces department at LB Bromley Council and an expert, Dr Judy John, was called in to advise and plan the species of wildflowers to be used. Blue Orange OSL, together with volunteers from the CRA20ten (Chislewick Residents’ Association 20ten) are looking to plant the area using Red Clover, Black Knapweed, Ox Eye Daisies and Yellow Rattle.

The project starts shortly with the strimming back of the grass and then the planting begins using plant plugs to establish the meadow quickly.

The park already enjoys an open picnic area’s, a themed swing park, woodland, rivers, ornamental gardens and¬†large and has a large variety of wild birds, animals and insects including rabbits, badgers, kingfishers, egrets, ducks and moorhens and is situated next to a large lake with nesting geese and swans.

The Wildflower Meadow project will add another dimension and the natural circular area fringed with mature woodland will provide a perfect outdoor classroom area for the local primary school.

Blue Orange OSL are proud to be partners in this nature project as part of our commitment to improving the environment.