Shaftesbury Wildflower Verge Project Takes Next Step

Wildflower seeds have been sown at four sites around Shaftesbury this week.

Last October, Shaftesbury Town Council backed a wildflower verge trial as an alternative to the normal manicured, cultivated grass verges. Councillors were inspired by a report from Salisbury-based conservation body Plant Life. The charity wants verges managed for wildlife and to restore and expand flower rich habitats.

Mike Wakely

In our Alfred Daly interview, you’ll hear Town Council head groundsman Mike Wakely talk about the places where the seeds have been sown and where the seeding could potentially be extended. Mike describes the selections of seeds being scattered and how the flowers should encourage bees and pollinators.

Mike also explains Shaftesbury residents can play their part in deciding whether this trial continues on a permanent basis. He also talks about the Town Council position on managing cow parsley, which has been abundant this year.

Listen at 1:00 on Saturday’s show.