The Friends of Cotgrave Country Park update on progress at the beauty spot.
A red tractor on the park on sunny days in April was busy scarifying grass surfaces to prepare for seeding of parts of Cotgrave Country Park with wildflowers.
It is thanks to a generous donation from Severn Trent Water as part of their Great Big Nature Boost campaign.
They aim to restore 2’000 kilometres of rivers across the region, plant trees and create flower meadows, to improve water quality in rivers and streams and biodiversity.
Timing was vital – sow the seed too early and hungry birds would have a feast. Sow too late and it may be too warm and dry for the seeds to germinate until next season.
The Wildflower Farm at Langar, Naturescape is providing the seed and creating the meadows.
Following scarification, the ground is seeded by a seed drilling machine.
We may see some flowers this year including corn cockle and yellow rattle, an in the future many more such as foxgloves, evening primrose, ox-eye daisy and scabious.