Wildflower plan for Honiton verges wins support

Roadside verges in Honiton could be bursting with colour next summer – thanks to a plan to grow wildflower plants.

Horticulturalist Adam Powell is leading a move to brighten up drab, often overlooked, but prominent locations in the town.

Instead of weeds, they could boast flowers such as Yellow Rattle, White Campion, Devilsbit Scabious, Wild Poppies, and Margarites

Mr Powell says plans for the project have attracted donations totalling £200 and town council support.

In places like Rotherham, verges bring the countryside to urban areas with miles of roadside wildflowers.

Mr Powell drew councillors’ attention to the plan earlier this week – at a time when they were discussing biodiversity and climate change.
He says, ‘considerable interest’ has been shown online for the project, in particular on the Honiton Forum.
In a statement, he said: “Wildflowers are good for biodiversity [food and habitats for insects, birds and small mammals], for capturing and reducing carbon emissions and, of course, the conservation of native flower species. Getting all ages involved in growing wildflowers will help build community, in immeasurable ways it will benefit Honiton town.
“I hope wild flower meadows and verges will also enhance the tourist experience of Honiton.
“Wildflower verges and meadows are not easy to establish, requiring skill and experience. If done well they can look good for many years, poorly done we will get complaints about weeds and untidiness.”
Mr Powell would like to see Tony Benger Landscaping of Axminster be approached for a quote. it has already established meadows in Cranbrook.
Residents could then be trained to do the work themselves.
Potential sites for the project could include banks on the main road leading to the A30, verges on the A373 Honiton side of the Otter and Tesco roundabout.
Mr Powell told councillors: “It will cost money to do this properly, but the benefits will be priceless. We must not under estimate the educational benefit to our children as they help make our environment beautiful, and the smile it will bring to the older generation as they remember the wildflower meadows of their childhood.”

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