Buglife has received £17,337 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery to create and manage Wildflower-rich grasslands in parks across North Lanarkshire. This project hopes to bring some colour to parks as well as provide a home for important wildlife such as bees and butterflies. Buglife will be creating and managing the meadows with local community groups and schools.
North Lanarkshire’s Buzzing will work with local communities and the local authority to transform areas of amenity grassland into colourful wildflower meadows for both wildlife and people to enjoy.
This partnership project between Buglife and North Lanarkshire Council aims to transform at least 5 areas of amenity grassland across the county into colourful wildflower meadows. These meadows will be created with the help and involvement of the local community through a change in management practices and the planting of plugs and seed of native wildflower species.
This month, Buglife and Greenhead Moss volunteers have already been out sowing seed in Stewarton Park, Wishaw. The event was a great success and everyone had a lot of fun. At the end of summer they will visit the park again to see what flowers have emerged and what wildlife is using the site.
Gabrielle Flinn, the project officer from Buglife said: “We’ve been given a really great opportunity to add beautiful new features to local parks as well as provide habitat and resources for threatened wildlife. We hope these meadows will serve as an exciting place for environmental education within North Lanarkshire’s parks. Meadows also absorb pollution and rainwater helping to clean our air and reduce flood risks.”
Postcode Local Trust exists to fund community groups and charitable organisations through a variety of grant giving programmes. To do so, the Trust relies solely on funding from the proceeds of tickets sales from People’s Postcode Lottery. When you sign up to play People’s Postcode Lottery, your postcode is your ticket. It costs £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance with prizes every day. A minimum of 27.5% goes directly to charities across Great Britain and internationally.