Brighton roadsides get beautiful budget meadow-makeover with bucket of seed
A central reservation in the seaside city of Brighton has seen something of a makeover of late, as Brighton and Hove Council attempt to bring a bit of colour to the area with a two-mile long strip of meadowland. Last year the council spread half a bucket of wildflower seeds over the reservation, including poppies, yellow ox-eye, marigolds, cornflowers, garden yarrow and greater knapweed, which have certainly spruced up the existing urban development. In a time when belts are tightening and budgets are cut, it’s heartening to see that something as cheap as a bucket of seed can make such a difference to an urban community.
It is not only local residents that are enjoying these floral beauties however. A whole host of wildlife has been attracted to the area, forming a new mini-ecosystem in the centre of the road. Blackbirds, house martins, starlings, swallows, bees and butterflies are just some of the canny creatures now calling the colourful creation home. An additional part of the scheme has seen 60 white cherry trees and 450,000 crocus, grape hyacinth and other spring bulbs spring into action over the past few months, in addition to vibrant mixed flower borders along North Victoria Gardens.
Council leader Mary Mears said: "We hope residents and visitors will enjoy these new splashes of colour. The new flower borders in North Victoria Gardens will help to create a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city and the planting along the Lewes Road will make a colourful sight for people living and working in the area and using the route into the city. In summer we hope the central reservation of the road will be a carpet of wildflowers."