Update : April 2018An inspection of the site this spring has shown that the oxeye daisies have germinated well and small plants are getting established. Additional plug plants were introduced to increase the variety of wild flowers in the plots.
Over the last few weeks 14 acres of Hungerford Common has been cultivated and seeded to re-introduce a host of traditional wild flowers including harebell, knapweed, field scabious and cowslip.
This is 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 in the spring for visitors to the Common who don’t get to see these lovely flowers here very often.
The wild flower project was carried out by the owners of the Common, The Trustees of the Town and Manor of Hungerford, with advice from their consultant ecologist and supported by the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England.
Ellie Dickins, Constable of Hungerford said, “This will make the Common an even better place to visit, as well as benefitting wildlife.”
The majority of the wild flowers are perennial and will take up to two years to produce flowering plants, there is no need to keep off the land as walking on the soil will help to tread in the seeds.