The Church of St Thomas and St Elizabeth, Thurnham LA2 0DT
This site, which we first started in 2018, has proved a great success. This is a field adjacent to the church burial ground which we are slowly transforming into a flower rich meadow. One area has been cultivated and sown with annual flower seeds whilst the rest has had wildflowers planted, such as cowslips, primroses and foxgloves.
The management regime involves one cut a year after the flowers have set seed and is then raked off to reduce grass competition. This, at present, is being carried out by a local farmer so a great co-operation all round between farmer, church and volunteers.
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Thurnham wildflower meadow during its annual end-of season strim and removal of the cut grass to lower fertility. It looks pretty good!
Here's our socially distanced group when we checked on the meadow and slightly extended the main wild flower area
Covid Autumn! The paths were mown, the grass strimmed and the main plot weeded
In April, the first visit to Thurnham after the Covid 'rule of six' was reinstated.
Good to see people again!
We weeded, seeded and watered the main bed, for an interesting summer display,
and also did some planting in the surrounding grass.
On Sunday 18th April we were able to have 6 volunteers out again and we all enjoyed a good day at the Thurnham wildflower meadow.
Due to the hard effort put in by Pete over the winter months, the main planting area had already been dug over. We just needed to reduce a few of the more enthusiastic plants, rake the soil in the area and then sow seeds.
We are most grateful for the generosity of two local ladies who donated garden tokens and we supplemented this by buying a few more plants, all of which should attract bees, insects and butterflies over the coming summer.
Fingers crossed, but we are hopeful of a productive summer ahead – there is certainly plenty of work to do!