Fremington Quay goes wild with flowers

Conservationists plant seeds of change at popular visitor attraction.

CONSERVATIONISTS have launched a new project to return wild flowers to Fremington Quay.

A volunteer team led by the North Devon AONB and Biosphere Reserve has been planting wild flower seeds in one of the paddocks at the quay.

It is hoped that the flowers will encourage more wildlife to the area, and enhance the attractiveness of the quay to human visitors.

Tom Hynes, lead officer for landscape and biodiversity, said: “We are sowing the semi-parasitic plant, yellow rattle, into the meadow which will reduce the grass vigour, helping other more interesting wild flowers get established.”

The project is as a result of an initiative by Fremington Parish Council to enhance the Fremington Quay area.

Council chairman, Cllr Rodney Cann, said: “The parish council has always been keen to retain natural areas at Fremington Quay, however, over the years the paddock maintained as a natural wild flower area has become overgrown and unkempt.

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“This new initiative sees a change in the management style of the area, introducing and encouraging the growth a greater variety of wild flowers.”

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