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Hi, my name is Chris Partridge and I am Keep Wales Tidy's Tidy Towns Project Officer for Cardiff. Activities we undertake are often in partnership with Cardiff Council's Parks Department (both waste services and Community Park Rangers) and Street Cleansing. We have organised events for several businesses across Cardiff and is happy to accommodate future requests. For more information you can contact Chris on 07717 412 270 or by Email: chris.partridge@keepwalestidy.org You can also follow me on Twitter for upcoming events @CardiffKWT

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sowing Wildflower Seeds in Old St. Mellons; Wild Weekend for Wales

Some of the St. Mellons over 50's club returned to the hedge that they layed with us in Old St. Mellons earlier this year. The aim this time was to see how well the hedge had regrown and to further enhance local biodiversity by sowing a wildflower seed mixture in several patches along the hedgeline.

The first part was to chose suitable sites for the wildflower seeds. We found 2 relatively bare areas and decided to sow a small area within a large patch of nettles for the third site. These were cleared with Chillington hoes (Cheers Riverside Community Allotments for proving to me in seconds how good these tools are) followed by a little peat free compost. The seed packets were all mixed up and added to the compost layer. The seeds were gently "rolled" with the back of a spade followed by another sprinkling of compost. Finally the seeds were liberally watered. Hopefully, many of these will grow this year. The group have kept some of the packets back to re-sow in the Autumn, while we plan to germinate and grow on some cowslip seeds in September which will hopefully be ready for planting out along the hedge next Spring.

The funding for this was achieved through the recent Wild Weekend for Wales Project which was in partnership with B&Q. This particular one was kindly funded by John Lewis.

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