Wildflowers in Royston thanks to Environmental resident…

Wildflowers in Royston thanks to environmental resident… 

Thanks to a local student, there are around half a dozen new wildflower beds currently looking gorgeous in Royston. Abbie Robinson, who’s studying Environmental Science at university, contacted the council to see if we could introduce more patches of wildflowers in Royston to help support bees and other pollinators, which are in drastic decline, while also brightening up the local landscape.

Abbie said: “I proposed this to the council following my interest in the environment and what I have been learning during my university course – we really need to help our local bees. I identified a few areas that I felt would lend themselves to wildflower planting and the council has been extremely helpful and worked with me to bring my proposal into reality. There are now multiple wildflower patches in the town for people to enjoy!”

Cllr Mick Debenham, local resident Abbie Robinson, Neil Fairey – Royston Greenspace Officer & Cllr Steve Jarvis at the junction of Housman Avenue with Burns Road in Royston.

Cllr Steve Jarvis, Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “Improving biodiversity and supporting wildlife is already a key part of the council’s greenspace strategy with climate change threatening our local environment. I hope this is a project we can make bigger in the future!”

Wildflower beds have been implemented by our grounds maintenance contractor John O’Conner at Housman Avenue, Maltings Close, Coombelands, The Warren, Shepherd Close and Newmarket Road / Icknield Walk, all in Royston.

The wildflowers at Housman Avenue pictured is ‘Euroflor Sarah Bouquet’ from Rigby Taylor, a fail-safe mix achieving maximum biodiversity while avoiding the dominance of bright colours. Flowers include China Aster, Cornflower, Sunflower, Strawflower, Sweet Alyssum, Dwarf Lupin and Gloriosa Daisy.