Project is blooming after successful trial

One of the biodiversity areas for last year, Monkseaton Drive.

One of the biodiversity areas for last year, Monkseaton Drive.

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A successful wildflower planting project has been extended following positive feedback from residents and the impact it had on the environment.

Last year, North Tyneside Council launched a project to increase the number of biodiversity areas in the borough – with 43 introduced.

Seeds were sown in selected sites across the borough, resulting in poppies, marigolds, cornflowers, birdsfoot trefoil and many other varieties of plants flourishing.

Residents and ward councillors were asked to put forward suggestions for new biodiversity locations across the borough and these are currently being considered.

The council will also be increasing the wildflower content in the biodiversity sites introduced last year.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “I am delighted at the results of the wildflower planting and that it has been extended.

“I would like to thank residents for their support and for making the project such a success.

“As well as the visual impact the wildflower meadows have had, bringing splashes of colour across the borough, it has helped us develop our biodiversity areas and has created an environment for bees and butterflies to flourish.”

The project is part of the ‘Alan Challenge’ introduced by the UK’s most famous gardener, Alan Titchmarch, to increase Britain’s wildflowers, plants and wildlife.

It also supports the council’s Biodiversity Action Plan to encourage associated wildlife and Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy to help with the decline in pollinating insects.