by Debbie Smith, Bassett Green Road

Following my suggestion in the summer Newsletter last year regarding the planting of wildflowers on the verges in Bassett Green Road, the Committee contacted Swaythling Councillor Matthew Bunday to elicit his support. Matthew has taken this forward to the Council as it fits in with their Green City Plan. We will be working with Ian Bailey, Engagement Officer, Education, Environment and Ecology, to come up with a plan. This will be sent to the ward councillors of Swaythling and Bassett to see what they think.

We start small, so we are proposing that we begin with the area between No. 2 Leaside Way and No. 51 Bassett Green Road. This will very much be a community project with this first phase to be funded by HCERA. It will be up to us to make this happen. Going forward, if this phase is successful, we may be able to apply for grants for future planting from The Community Chest.
I am hoping that we can come together as a community to enhance Bassett Green Road. I’m sure that we all use this road, so to have it lined with wildflowers would be of visible benefit to everyone and enhance our local wildlife population.

We will be needing volunteers to help prepare the verge and planting of seeds, so if any of you would be willing to help please get in touch. There is a useful article on the RHS website www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=446 which gives advice. Thank you in advance.

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