'Grass-Free Lawn' For Borough Gardens
12:05am 14th September 2014
Dorchester's Borough Gardens are set to get a grass-free lawn next year- featuring flowers grown by town residents.
Members of the community are encouraged to grow their own flowers from free seeds given out by the Town Council, which will be included in the lawn.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust are one of the groups supporting the project. The DWT's Community Conservation Officer Joy Wallis said that installing the flower-based lawn would be beneficial for bees and butterflies.
"Our pollinators are struggling to survive at the moment, so a flower lawn, which has been proved to be 50 times more beneficial to bees and butterflies than a standard lawn, is something to be encouraged."
The Mayor of Dorchester Peter Mann is also backing the project.
"This is probably the first such project in any town in Britain and I very much hope that it will involve large numbers of all ages from our local community. The results will be for us and future generations to appreciate and enjoy."
Free seeds, seed trays and compost will be available on Friday, and again on Saturday 20th September, from 9am to 6pm at Poundbury Gardens Centre. The lawn will be planted on Easter Monday, 6th April 2015, and all contributors are invited to attend the 'grand planting day'.