Wildflower verges work getting done
Scraptoft Parish Council are now taking part in the wildflower verge scheme endorsed by Leicestershire County Council. It involves not mowing the grass and letting it grow until the end of summer to allow a small haven for wildlife and hopefully for wildflowers to grow. To help the wildflowers along we spent the morning raking the hay and scattering wildflower seed. We put up posters for volunteers but on the day two parish Cllrs, Penny Fielden and Peter Elliott and the Parish Clerk Sally Skyrme turned up (other parish Cllrs who usually help were unable to on that day). Doing the work gave us new found respect for farm labourers in the past who would have raked and stacked hay by hand in the height of summer. As soon as we started raking we realised how much hard work it was and the amount of hay was deceptive. We ended up with a very large pile of hay which we moved to under the hedges on Edith Cole Memorial Park because we were advised by Naturespot that this would be a good place for wildlife to hibernate over winter. The verges are the two at the top of Scraptoft Rise and we only managed to get one done between us but luckily Scraptoft Joggers have said they will help us to finish the verges this autumn.
Posted: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 15:52 by Sally Skyrme