This week saw the final steps of the Wildlife Ways programme in Solihull taking place with 3 million bulbs been planted since the project began.
What is the Wildlife Ways programme?
Wildlife Ways is a programme of works to make Solihull greener by opening up and improving existing paths and cycle routes whilst allowing wildlife to flourish. The project has improved 69km of existing footpath and cycle networks. There are 23km of new footways and improved access for cyclists. The routes have all been landscaped and link, where possible, existing green spaces and offer sustainable transport options. The project has improved the habitat value of 56 hectares of parks and open spaces for the benefit of people and wildlife – more than 90 football pitches!
‘Last autumn the landscape contractor, idverde, planted 2.7 Million bulbs, and this autumn should be planting another million. Several schools and some local groups have also participated in the planting, and will enjoy them as they increase in flower, with new baby bulbs developing over the years to come.’ Said Project Manager Danny Hudson.
Many of the wildflower areas idverde installed have made a huge positive impression on their areas and local people.
‘In some cases the benefits have been immediate. The fabulous floristic meadow turf used by our landscape contractor idverde has been inspired by nature, but designed to give an instant effect of colour and good structure. It is immediately liked by those who see it, as responses to our turf along Monkspath Hall Road and on Station Approach have shown. Praise has come via social media and our inbox for the many displays people have enjoyed whilst out for their daily exercise.’
The project has not just already started to achieve it’s main goals of utilising and improving the local area, it has also brought the community together with several volunteer groups and residents getting involved with the regeneration of the area.
The scheme has a goal to continue over the next few years, where the teams will be making small changes that will have a huge impact on the ecology and biodiversity of the area.
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