They are pretty, but establishing and maintaining a wild flower meadow is a difficult task. The species of wildflowers found in a meadow will vary greatly depending on underlying geology (e.g. chalk or granite) and soil type (e.g. sandy loam or heavy clay). Wildflower-rich meadows can develop well in areas disturbed by human activity, including disused mineral extraction and post-industrial sites
Choosing the right mix is essential
- Perennial meadows thrive best on poor soils as it is easier for the wildflowers to compete with the grasses. In some cases it can be worth removing the top layer of soil (top soil) and sowing directly into the cultivated sub-soil. However with commercial work we tend to find on most sites the ground is ‘poor’ anyway.
- Annual meadows can do well on better, richer soils and usually consist of cornfield annuals. A good choice where you are converting from ‘ordinary’ paddocks, fields and meadows.
The key is to prepare the correct seed bed, and be patient. Establishing a beautiful meadow from seed can take 3-5 years, and in existing grassland it may take longer – perhaps 5 years or more, depending on the existing species. However, a well-managed meadow should go on improving for many years.
Our maintenance and work crews are trained and qualified in all areas of the work we carry out and have a wealth of experience. We are fully insured and comply comprehensively with all relevant health and safety procedures and supporting legislation. We commit to a policy of sound environmental practice and we use site-specific risk assessments and method statements
Who we work with:
An approved Somerset County Council contractor, our commercial clients also include Chartered Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Chartered Construction Companies, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, SITA UK Ltd, Western Power Distribution, numerous district councils, local authorities and others.