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Swale’s green spaces starting to bloom this spring

Published Friday 16 April, 2021
Last updated on Friday 16 April, 2021

Flowers are beginning to bloom around Swale as the spring weather encourages daffodils, tulips and hyacinth buds to open.

Bulb mixes planted in Mill Way in Sittingbourne, Wildish Road in Faversham and The Glen on the Isle of Sheppey are beginning to bloom.

Planted in 2019, the bulb mix was over-sown with seed, providing the early nectar and pollen needed by our bees and insects and to provide a long flowering season for residents to enjoy.

The Bee(R) garden planted with Faversham in Bloom and Shepherd Neame in 2019 at the Partridge Lane car park in Faversham, is also providing the important nectar and pollen needed for our bees and other local wildlife.

Bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, beetles and birds are just some of the pollinators supported by the annual seed mix of poppies, corncockle, camomile and toadflax with honeysuckle and clematis climbing up the wall.

Faversham’s hanging basket flowers were recycled and planted in the garden last year and old tree stumps were drilled to make holes for solitary bees to nest in.

The patch of land next to the car park was an empty bed a few years ago, but now people can see a variety of flowers covered in bees, like this busy buff tail queen.

Anybody wanting to get involved in supporting their local wildlife can join their local community gardening group or even start one in a greenspace near them.

Contact the council’s greenspaces activities co-ordinator Ali Corbel on 01795 417 240 or alicorbel@swale.gov.uk.

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