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Sep 25, 2017

Restoring Wild Flowers

 The Town and Manor is sowing wild flowers on Hungerford Common Port Down.

Over the next few weeks 14 acres of the Common will be cultivated and seeded to re-introduce a host of traditional wild flowers including harebell, knapweed, field scabious and cowslip.

This will be a great news for pollinators especially birds, bees and butterflies who have suffered from the drastic reduction in these species lately and for the cattle who will enjoy a more varied diet as result. It will also be a real treat for visitors to the Common who don’t get to see these lovely flowers here very often.

The wild flower project is being carried out by the owners of the Common, The Trustees of the Town and Manor of Hungerford, with advice from their consultant ecologist. It is also supported by the North Wessex Downs AONB and Natural England. Access to the Common for everyone including people, dogs and grazing cattle will be unaffected by this scheme.

Ellie Dickins, Constable of Hungerford said, “This is an exciting project that will make the Common an even better place to visit, as well as benefitting wildlife.  We work hard to keep the land we own in the best possible condition and I’ll be thrilled to see the results of the cultivation.”

The majority of the wild flowers are perennial and will take up to two years to produce flowering plants, but here is no need to keep off the land during this time as walking on the soil will help to tread in the seeds.

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