Montrose Space for Nature
With 97% of Britain’s wildflower meadows lost since WW2 and the subsequent decline in many of our pollinators, this 3-year pilot project will see grass cut less frequently in the town which in turn will safeguard bees, butterflies and other insects.
Green networks enhance the local communities’ quality of life, health and well-being but they also connect existing green corridors, especially through new developments. With that in mind, the project will complement local active travel routes, focusing on a 2km stretch of cycle track running parallel to Montrose Golf Links. Changes in management will also take place at the Old Kirk Yard and the roundabout on the approach into the town.
Brechin-based Scotia Seeds are kindly donating seeds and funding information panels to the project. Angus Council and the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership are encouraging residents (of all ages) to submit drawings of local wildlife and wildflowers for these panels.
Angus Council has already reduced the overall quantity of chemicals applied in its parks and other open spaces to contribute towards Scotland’s Pollinator Strategy targets. The Council’s Meadow & Pollinator Champion, Cllr Beth Whiteside, said:
“The Council manages just under ten acres of sites as species-rich wildflower meadows. By changing our grass cutting and grass collection regime, we can increase opportunities for nature. Where possible, we seek to restore grassland to wildflower diversity and allow new meadows to be created with nature leading the way.”
Photos - Cycle Track, Montrose & Old Kirk Yard, Montrose © K A Dempsey