After the successful trial in Summer 2020 of wildflowers in The Crouch, Seaford, Seaford Town Council is trialling an extension of wildflower through The Crouch, Dane Road, and the War Memorial. The War Memorial will be adapted in its planting to include its much-loved bedding plants, perennials and wildflowers, which will give the area more flowering and colour throughout the year.
The changes in the wildflower and grass cutting will save the Town Council and Seaford residents over 10% in annual grounds maintenance costs, considering the financial pressure placed on the Town Council due to COVID-19, an essential saving.
The Salts, The Crouch and Princess Drive Green will see some areas allowed to grow to encourage natural wildflower and ecology. An example of stunning wildflower cut is Southdown Corner, Seaford, in immediate proximity of Florence House, where areas of grass can naturally grow, and pathways are mown for residents to enjoy improved access.
The change in bedding and grass cutting is an opportunity provided by the experiences of 2020 to encourage improved environmental grounds maintenance practice, ecological development, and environment for all residents to enjoy.
Seaford Town Council holds ‘Operation Pollinator’ status at Seaford Head Golf Course and has the opportunity to extend best practise further through the green spaces across Seaford.
“Wildlife Conservation is so important and has so many benefits, not just ecologically but financially as well. With many animals and insect species being pushed to near extinction, we must act now, to encourage their return. We as a Town Council are committed to wildlife planting to support this for all to enjoy.” Cllr Dunn, Chair of the Town Council’s Community Services Committee.