Town Council creates new wildflower areas at Kendal Green
Kendal Town Council, with support from local volunteers, have created three new wildflower areas at Kendal Green, a historic open space in the northern part of the town. The volunteer team will see their efforts rewarded when native wildflowers including Ragged Robin, Birds Foot Trefoil and Lady’s Bed Straw start to flower in June. Temporary signs have been installed while the flowers are growing to inform Green users that wildflowers will be arriving soon.
The Town Council has funded the project via its dedicated biodiversity budget which is committed to increasing the biodiversity of Kendal’s green spaces. The initiative follows successful wildflower planting at Somervell Garden by the River Kent, and at Aynam Road, where they complement new planting installed to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in 2022. It’s hoped another well-received project will lead to more wildflower planting in the future. One volunteer said, ‘Its great to be creating a habitat that supports pollinators. We have so much green space on Kendal Green its fantastic that parts of it can be utilised in this way’.
Town Councillor, Kate Simpson, who instigated the project, hopes many more wildflower areas will be created. “I hope it encourages more local groups to get in touch with the Town Council, to apply for a biodiversity grant to help enhance more of our green spaces”.
The initiative was supported by grounds maintenance contractor Continental Landscapes Ltd, and by Westmorland and Furness Council, who own the land at Kendal Green.