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Why Native Wildflowers?

Using native wildflowers in planting schemes helps reverse the trend of habitat loss and creates food and homes for wildlife. Wildflower planting schemes also look very attractive and provide opportunities for community involvement.

Wildflowers and biodiversity
In recent years there has been increasing recognition of the importance of protecting the environment and preventing biodiversity loss. There are a range of laws, targets, and policies that seek to reverse the trend of habitat and species loss. Native wildflower species and habitats have been lost as a result of increasing development and changes in agricultural practices.

Wildflower species are worth preserving in their own right. But they also provide food and homes for insects, birds, and mammals, and increase biodiversity (the variety of living organisms in a particular habitat). Wildflowers support pollinators including bees whose decline has been well documented in recent years.

The benefits to biodiversity are particularly apparent when species of 'local provenance' are used. Native species that grow locally have become genetically adapted to local environmental conditions and are not only more likely to succeed than seed sourced from elsewhere but are also more likely to be of most benefit to our own local wildlife.


Wildflowers and the community
People also benefit from biodiversity; pollination services are just one example. In addition, wildflowers are undeniably very visually attractive. Planting schemes in areas such as urban parks, estates, etc. can often provide benefits for health and well-being.

In our experience, the most successful planting projects seek to engage the local community as much as possible. Benefits include:
  • A community space to engage with nature;
  • Opportunities for the local community to participate in activities to help protect the environment;
  • Excellent opportunities for education and to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the environment generally.

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