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Work to start on grassland improvements

Publish date:Thursday, July 5, 2018

Solihull Council is starting works to improve four areas of grassland across the borough from Monday 9 July.

The work will take place in Beechcroft Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and Open Space, Cole Bank LNR, Colebrook Recreation Ground and Elmdon Nature Park, until mid-August.

The works form part of the wider Solihull Habitats and Nature Improvement Project; part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the first of which took place on grassland in Dickens Heath Country Park in 2017. They are aimed at increasing the diversity of the existing species-poor grassland.

Operations will be carried out by machine on separate days during July and August. Initially the grass will be cut and the grass cuttings removed, and the site will then be harrowed to lightly disturb the ground.

Species rich wildflower meadows managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will then be harvested for green hay which consists of wildflowers and grasses just as they are shedding seed and still ‘green’. The hay will be quickly transferred to our park sites where it will be spread, allowing the seed from the imported wildflowers to drop and germinate which will significantly improve the ecological and landscape value of the meadows.

The works will not cause much disruption, but residents should be mindful of any signs in place and machinery being used.

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