A Journey into The Hive



Standing under the 17-metre-high aluminum installation, The Hive displayed at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is more than just a sight to be seen. Created by Wolfgang Buttress, Simmonds Studio and BDP, The Hive is a feat of British engineering and formed the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion at 2015 Milan Expo. Wolfgang was inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Bencsik of Nottingham Trent University to design the glorious latticed structure.

Besides looking incredible, The Hive raises awareness of the steep decline of bees. EU research revealed that 29% of British honey bee colonies died in the 2012/13 winter alone. Pollinating insects are the secret heroes of agriculture and the structure highlights the importance of pollinators to our future food security.

Visitors are drawn into The Hive via a lush and vibrant wildflower meadow that Wildflower Turf Ltd were delighted to grow for the prestigious project. A mix of Landscape Turf and Border Turf were used within the surrounding garden, with a mix of bright annuals and native perennial wildflowers.

The multi-sensory elements of The Hive create an insight into life inside a bee colony. Not only will you hear buzzes and hums around you, hundreds of LED lights glow and fade. The intensity of the light and sound changes as the energy levels in the real beehive serge, creating a sensuous experience.

The Hive opens to the public on 18 June 2016. It will remain a feature in the Gardens through to the end of 2017.


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Looking After Your Wildflower Meadow This Summer

This blog will take you through the steps of maintaining a wonderful wildflower meadow over the summer months. If you are keen to find out even more about Wildflower Turf, look out for our book which will be published later on this year.

A single end of season cut is essential, however, you may feel one of the below mid-season cuts is appropriate.

Summer Cut – Suitable for Rapidly Growing Meadows

This maintenance cut is a little bit of a leap of faith as the meadow may well be looking at its best right now. Cutting with a strimmer with a hedge trimmer attachment is the perfect type of tool to use taking the top layer off, to a height of 20-30cms. The purpose of the cut is to take off a large proportion of the young green material that has not experienced leaf shatter – a very effective way of depleting nutrients. You will see plenty of flowering buds under this level and the flowers will be quick to re-establish. You must be quite sensitive when forking off the material from the meadow, raking is not advised for clearance. With this cut, you will definitely lengthen the flowering period of the meadow, whilst improving the flower to grass ratio for the following season.


A result of high fertility or too much water during the establishment phase.

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Clearing away the cutting on any cut is vital to deplete nutrient levels.

Late Summer Cut – Scruffy Meadows/Drought Years

In some people’s eyes, senesced growth (browning vegetation and seed heads) can look scruffy. A cut at this time of year can tidy up the whole area. It will be of great benefit to the late flowering species within the meadow such as toad flax, mallow, yarrow, vetch, clover and scabious. Take the browning vegetation off to about 5-10cms. Once you have cleared the cuttings give the area a really good water. Within days you are likely to see the whole area green up again and flowering will continue until your final maintenance cut in the Autumn.


If your wildflower meadow starts to look brown/scruffy, simply give it a high cut.

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Final Yearly Maintenance Cut

Whether you have decided to make maintenance cuts earlier in the year or not, you will always need to do a final maintenance cut for the year in late summer/ early autumn after the wildflowers have set and shed their seed. This cut is essential for the health of the meadow, not only does it tidy up the area for the winter but it stops the senesced summer growth from covering the growing plant in a layer of rotting green material. If this material isn’t removed it will act as a barrier for the regrowth of the parent plant and also reintroduce a level of nutrients that is best avoided. An open sward over the winter ensures healthy, disease free plants which can benefit from what light and warmth is available to them during these months. If you have not cut the meadow previously in the year you will find that some of the stems are dry and tough, making it more difficult to cut.

Once cleared you will find that your meadow starts to grow again although how much regrowth will depend on the time of the cut, soil fertility, moisture levels and the weather. This is because some species will be quick to utilise any freshly created space, thus taking advantage of the new opportunity that they have been given. Allowing the meadow a chance to green-up ready for the winter is a good idea before it then becomes dormant with little or no growth through the winter. When spring approaches, the wildflowers are in the perfect position to develop quickly and repeat their perennial cycle thus guaranteeing a wildflower meadow year after year.


After depleting nutrients and reducing grass content, this meadow was allowed to flourish more impressively in its second year.


  • When planning your maintenance cut, choose a dry day, you will find it lighter and cleaner to clear the cuttings.
  • Be thorough with your clearance. The aim is to deplete nutrient levels to continue to keep the wildflower to be competitive and limit grasses and nutrient loving plants such as fat hen and docks. Rotting material left on site will also be a haven for pests such as slugs.
  • When clearing the area with a rake, it is fine to treat the ground and plants roughly, this will pull out any thatched material and provide light and air to the roots. The plants are hardy and will not be affected by some tough love.
  • Do take care, especially for amphibians within your meadow. A staggered cutting program will help – cutting half the area one day and then delaying the second half for a week or two will allow fauna to migrate to the uncut area. By the time of the second cut, the first cut area will have some regrowth to provide a beneficial habitat.
  • If you are using the cuttings for compost and they feel particularly dry, give them a soaking as they will break down better with moisture.
  • As a final tidy up a good rake is worthwhile, or a quick and easy option is to run a rotary mower with collectors over the area.
  • Once you have completely cleared the area you may find bare patches. These are perfectly acceptable. They may look unsightly for a little while, but the chances are there is something dormant underground waiting to get going again in the spring. If you do want to enhance the area with plugs you can use this sort of area to plant in as there will be less competition.
  • Be vigilant with leaf and fruit removal after your Autumnal cut. It will be much easier once you have removed the senesced meadow material to clear falling leaves but do not leave them to rot down and add nutrients to the soil or provide a potential risk of disease.

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Cutting and removing, using an Amazone Profihopper.

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Mown tight and ready for the winter


Flourishing again the following June.

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A Garden Inspired by History


Today marks 801 years since Magna Carta. A magnificent garden was created last year to celebrate the 800th anniversary.

Patricia Thirion and Janet Honour from A Touch of France Garden Design used the historic peace treaty between unpopular King John of England and a group of rebel barons to create a quintessential medieval garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Magna Carta, Latin for “the Great Charter” is a charter agreed at Runnymede in June 1215, first drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Magna Carta is considered one of the most significant political documents in English history, due to its influence on English law in subsequent centuries.

Law. Liberty. Legacy.

Three of the key principles of the Magna Carta are inscribed on a slice of historic yew tree trunk at the front of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Magna Carta garden. The slice of Yew was inscribed to relate to Magna Carta, with a link to the 2000 years old Ankerwicke yew growing near Runnymede meadow. It was placed in the front of the garden surrounded by wildflowers, supplied by Wildflower Turf.11181873_892499950791538_8524406085651532424_n

The Magna Carta garden was relocated in June 2015 to the grounds of the Runnymede-On-Thames hotel, facing the meadow where it is open to the public.

If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket for the unique garden experience at the Runnymede-On-Thames hotel on 20th June, you’ll get the chance to see the Magna Carta garden for yourself. Janet and Patricia from A Touch of France will also be sharing their stories on RHS Chelsea Flower Show and ideas for getting the most out of your garden at home.


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Making an Urban Scene Green

Last Spring, a park was created in London for the first time in one hundred years.

3,850m² of a mixture of Wildflower Landscape Turf and Shade Tolerant Turf was taken to Greenwich Peninsula, to be installed by Gavin Jones. Alys Fowler teamed up with Thomas Hoblyn (clients: Knight Dragon), to create a biodiverse setting in an urban area. Not only did they use Wildflower Turf to create serene meadows on the banks, they installed boxes for bee keeping, apple trees and wild herbs. This project is a prime example of a state-of-the-art urban area introducing a more environmentally-friendly atmosphere to welcome all kinds of nature for the public to engage with.

The area was challenging, due to not only having high foot-traffic, but also containing contaminated soil and steep mounds, making installation on the banks complex. In this situation, the easiest option would have been to install lawn turf, however, Alys was determined to introduce biodiversity into the project, so wildflowers were the chosen solution.

The wildflowers flourished magnificently, despite the area having heavy public use at the opening event shortly after installation. We visited the site a year on to find the wildflowers still thriving. The contrast between the prominent architectural framework against the sculpted green mounds and wildflower banks creates the most phenomenal setting.

Greenwich Peninsula in 2015

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Greenwich Peninsula in 2016


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The Queen of Herbs Returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Modern-Apothecary-Garden-2Jekka McVicar, highly acclaimed organic gardening expert, is appearing once again at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week with a Main Avenue Show Garden featuring Wildflower Turf. The unique Show Garden, which will be relocated to St John’s Hospice at the end of the show, was created with an aim to inspire today’s visitor and to ensure that the history, culinary and medicinal usage of herbs are not lost for future generations. Not only is the garden an excellent resource for plant identification but also a gastronomic delight for anyone interested in good food, as it displays the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK.

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50m² of our Wildflower Shade Tolerant Turf has been used for Jekka’s tranquil project, to reinforce one of the main purposes of the project, which is to create a place of quiet reflection. The vibrancy and serenity of the wildflowers will perfectly match the purpose of Jekka’s creation. The garden will seek to highlight the important relationship between medicine and nature while providing rehabilitation to the senses.

A big congratulations to Jekka for winning Silver-Gilt and also to Peter Clay from Crocus, who once again has sourced such beautiful plants for this award-winning garden.

If you’re at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week, don’t miss out on this inspiring Show Garden, ‘A Modern Apothecary’ designed by Jekka McVicar.

Jekka McVicar“Plants can survive without us but we and this planet cannot survive without plants.”

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Creating a Buzz at Kew this Summer

Wolfgang Buttress Render by Day SM  The journey of the British bee will be brought to life this summer at Kew Gardens when the award winning Hive installation from the 2015 Milan Expo, is relocated to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Hive was the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at last year’s global event in Milan and stood as a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding humanity and the challenges facing bees today. It will fulfil a similar role at Kew, hoping to show visitors how they can make a difference to the life of bees with a multi-sensory experience, including architecture, science, music and wildflower landscapes.

Visitors will be drawn into The Hive via a lush and vibrant wildflower meadow that Wildflower Turf Ltd are delighted to be growing for Kew Gardens. Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum and Horticultural Services at Kew, has been making regular visits to Wildflower Turf Ltd to discuss the different types of wildflower products to be used and check on their progress. A mix of Landscape Turf and Border Turf will be used within the surrounding garden with a mix of bright annuals and native perennial wildflowers. This area is likely to be under planted with summer flowering bulbs for extra impact.

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The story of pollination will continue to come alive for visitors throughout Kew, from seeing the seasonal array of sumptuous fruit and veg in Kew’s Kitchen Garden, to basking in the British summer on a Pollination Trail across the gardens. Individual beehives, housing honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees will take up home in the Gardens, enabling visitors to understand the inner workings of a hive, while the summer holidays will be filled with hands on activities for all ages. Thousands of flickering LED lights will bring the 17 metre high structure to life, reflecting bee activity within the hive and making it a wonderful place to visit at dusk with a honey infused cocktail in hand.

James Hewetson-Brown, Managing Director at Wildflower Turf Ltd says “We are delighted to have been asked to grow the meadow to surround this magnificent structure by Wolfgang Buttress – it really will be a sight to behold this summer for wildflower and bee enthusiasts. More importantly, it offers the chance for visitors to reconnect with nature and understand in detail why looking after our pollinators is so important and hopefully encourage even more people to consider bees when designing and planting gardens and amenity landscapes. It is a great honour to be working with Kew Gardens on such a prestigious project.”

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Changing Public Perception with Wildflowers


The Borough of Kings Lyn and West Norfolk wanted to transform an area that had been neglected over the years and subsequently blighted with anti-social behaviour. They wanted to find a solution to this overgrown site to encourage the local residents back into the adjoining park and change public perception of this area that had developed a bad reputation amongst the wider community.

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After compulsory purchasing the land, the project clean-up and clearance was managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, due to otters, water vole and many other species that lived within the area. It was decided that by introducing a high impact wildflower display, the creation of a pictorial meadow would positively change the way people feel about the area. The council went about researching the best way to establish wildflowers to create quick but long lasting results.

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The Norfolk Wildlife Trust set up volunteer days and carefully cleared the very overgrown area. After clearance the site was treated with an application of glyphosate and any further material raked off the surface a couple of weeks later. No further ground preparation was required as the council had decided to use Wildflower Earth®, a pre-seeded growing medium that is simply spread over the sprayed off area without the need for rotovation. Within the Wildflower Earth® was a mix of high impact annuals, (to ensure a strong show of colour in the first year) and perennial wildflowers.


The results are clear to see from a visual perspective but benefits go far beyond aesthetics. The Borough Council reported a very positive change in the public’s reaction to the area. Whilst the land has been tidied up, it still provides a beneficial habitat for many different forms of wildlife, as well as being a magnet for pollinators. The meadow then required just one maintenance cut at the end of the flowering season, allowing the area to green-up and over winter as the perennials take over the following year.

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This project is a classic example of the way wildflowers can engage and enthuse people. In a community area, involving a volunteer group can win hearts and minds and give a sense of ownership with a far greater likelihood of long term success for the meadow. It is acceptable that plants take time to flower, but it mustn’t take too long and the establishment phase must work first time. If not, enthusiasm quickly wains and an opportunity is lost. In this case using a mix of annuals and perennials in a pre-seeded growing medium (Wildflower Earth®) was the perfect solution. Wildflower Earth® provides an accurate seed rate in a growing medium blended to provide exceptional levels of seed and establishment. The results are considerably better than conventional methods of seeding flowers. Annuals offer a reliable first season flush of vibrant colour as the perennials establish to create a longer term display in years to come. The installation of meadows to public green spaces also results in lower man hour input and subsequent long term benefits to maintenance budgets.

This is just a small insight into how the pioneering products of Wildflower Turf Ltd can transform public spaces and are rapidly becoming a multi-faceted solution to amenity landscapes. This wonderful case study from Kings Lyn and West Norfolk Borough Council typifies many of the brilliant projects that we are working on up and down the country with local authorities and other guardians of our parks and green spaces.



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Open Days at Wildflower Turf in aid of The Greenfingers Charity

This summer we will be holding two open days in July where you are warmly invited to come and visit the Wildflower Turf farm. Our open days have always been popular for wildflower enthusiasts and  particularly useful for those that are creating wildflower areas as part of their work, be it garden design, landscaping, maintenance of parks and green spaces or even the development of wildflower roofs. Open Day 2 Wildflower Turf Ltd are the UK’s leading dedicated wildflower specialist and have pioneered products that provide instant, guaranteed meadows. Since our involvement in the 2012 Olympics and other high profile landscapes and gardens including the winning RHS Chelsea show garden with Dan Pearson last year, public interest in wildflower meadows is at an all time high. Our open day helps debunk the myths surrounding wildflower meadow creation and will help inform you of the possibilities and perhaps inspire you to create wildflower areas.

Open Day

We have set aside two dates in July. Each morning will comprise of very similar content but we have decided to try and add information and case studies that are particularly relevant to the two main sectors that we work with.

  • 1st JULY – Wildflowers in Public Spaces – Public Sector Organisations and Landscape Architects
  • 7th JULY – Creating Wildflower Spaces in Domestic Gardens – Garden Designers and Landscapers

The morning starts at 9:30am and will end at about 1pm, comprising of an introduction to wildflowers and their role in landscapes, talking through the design and specification process, site preparation, installation and maintenance requirements including mowing regimes. There will then be specific case studies to illustrate how wildflowers have been used in certain settings particularly relevant to your work.

There will be a closer look at our Wildflower Earth product that is revolutionizing wildflower installments, particularly for larger projects and public spaces. A tour of the turf beds and various trial sites  is a real treat in summer when the wildflowers are at their very best. There is so much to see to demonstrate our products in different situations, from roofs to embankments, shady areas to large scale meadows and all followed by a Q and A session with tea and cake.

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Whilst the open day is free it is really important to register your interest, we assume it will be popular. We also will need to know how many cakes to bake!! This year we are delighted to be supporting the Greenfingers Charity.

Greenfingers is  dedicated to supporting the children with their families, who use hospices around the UK, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. The charity is dedicated to creating beautiful, well-designed outdoor spaces for their visitors, whether through play and fun, or therapeutic rest and relaxation.  To date Greenfingers has created 49 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country, and has a further waiting list of hospices that want to create similar projectsAfter the open morning, if you have enjoyed your visit we will be asking you to make a voluntary donation or even sign up to help on a garden project in a hospice near you.

8? strawberry sponge cakeReserve your place by calling Sandrine on 01256 771222, quoting the date that you would like to attend with your contact details so that we can send you additional information.

We look forward to welcoming you in July.

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10 Reasons To Create A Wildflower Meadow

Are you considering a wild area in your garden, do you love the idea of being submerged in wildflowers this summer. If a wildflower meadow is a possible garden project for 2016, let Wildflower Turf convince you why it should be on top of your list.

1. Species biodiversity. The wonderful thing about a wildflower meadow is that it is an ever changing picture with new species to spot each week through the Spring and Summer. Our landscape turf has 34 different species of native wildflowers and it is great to get to know them all as they appear through the spring and summer months.

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2. A wildlife haven. From the tiniest flying insects to colourful butterflies and moths, from larks and finches to barn owls and red kites your meadow will become home to a major food source for a wide range of wildlife. Pollinators such as wild bumble bees, moths, butterflies, wasps, beetles, hoverflies as well as honey bees have faced serious difficulty over the last 100 years with habitat loss, pesticides and the depletion of nectar sources. Without them, our £210bn per year food industry would be in serious difficulty, as well as our gardens and countryside looking far less beautiful.  By adding an area of wildflower into your garden you are providing a rich and essential food source for pollinators and have the reward of seeing pretty winged insects come into your garden.  

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3. Garden Design Opportunities. Whether you live in a smaller urban garden or rambling rural retreat a wildflower area provides all sorts of design opportunities. The juxtaposition of sharp paved or mown lines with the wispy nature of the wildflower is perfect in town gardens and roofs. Whilst in rural areas a meadow can be a linking tool from kept borders to fields, or in areas of a garden where other species might find it more difficult to grow, being drought tolerant and requiring low nutrients, a wildflower meadow will survive on the most barren of land. Let you imagination run wild.

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4. Colour. If colour is your thing then annuals and non-native wildflowers are likely to excite you. With a fantastic array of bold vibrant colour, our Border Turf will be just up your street. You can expect a wildflower rainbow from April to September.


5. Low Maintenance – If you are having trouble with an existing area of a garden, an area to big to manage, an area too nutrient starved to grow much, or an area infested with weeds, then a wildflower meadow could solve your problems. Apart from the initial preparation of the soil, which means ridding it from weeds and creating a light tilth, there is little more that will be needed over the year. The turf is very quick to establish, requires no further input in the way of fertiliser, if laid in the summer it might require a small amount of watering in but it is particularly drought tolerant and the dense root bed of the Wildflower Turf also acts as weed prevention, virtually impossible for weeds to penetrate through.

Are you spending hours in the summer mowing lawns, fed up of walking up and down in straight lines? Did you know that a wildflower meadow only requires one mow a year, normally in the Autumn time, clearing all of the arisings so as not to allow rotting material to re-nutrify the soil.

6. Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas emissions. Wildflower areas in urban environments have been found to offer the most optimum green structure for pollution removal. Different leaf forms provide a more complex surface so capturing a wider range of pollutant types. They have the potential for a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Reduced mowing, fertizlisation, pesticide and herbicide treatments of wildflower areas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution associated with these practices.

7. Quick, Guaranteed Results with Wildflower Turf. If you want quick results and be able to sit back and enjoy a low maintenance, wildlife haven this year then Wildflower Turf can guarantee you a meadow very quickly. The bare root bed of the turf establishes incredibly quickly onto prepared soil and if you were to lay wildflower turf in March or April you would certainly be  sat in a glorious meadow by May.The images below show a turf installation in late April with results by the end of July.

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8. Cost. The management of wild flower areas is estimated to be half the cost of a non-wild flower managed alternative. Being drought tolerant and low nutrient loving – wildflowers require very little in the way of inputs such as irrigation and fertiliser. The greatly reduced requirement for mowing means there is saving in time but also petrol required for your mower. And finally, once you have created a meadow, there is no requirement for replanting, it is truly a sustainable landscape that can be in existence for as long as it is wanted.

9. Happy Customers for years to come – a long term landscape solution. Whether you are developing a wildflower area yourself or creating a meadow for a client, then you will be safe in the knowledge that Wildflower Turf is a solution that works. It can be laid at any time of the year except when there is ground frost,  it is really quick to establish and will give you immediate green cover on bare soil. It is a natural weed suppressant and will require little input from you over the years. We first laid Wildflower Turf around an irrigation lake over 10 years ago. The pictures below shows how it looked after 6 weeks of laying. The children in the picture were then 6 and 4. They are now 18 and 16, less keen to be in the 2015 picture, but it shows you what incredible longevity a wildflower meadow has, with minimal input and maximum biodiversity, wildlife and feel good factors.

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Lake after 10 years

10. Tranquility, peace and quiet and sense of mental well-being. There is nothing like sitting among the wildflowers, submerged in their beauty. We now know for sure that there are huge benefits to being within beautiful green spaces, providing long term benefits to mental health.

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If you need any more persuasion, why not seek out your local wildflower expert. We have over 200 Accredited Wildflower Installers throughout the country. They are listed on our Installer Pages and are fully trained in the preparation, installation and maintenance of our full range of products. Using our postcode search tool you can find a selection of installers that are close by.

Make it the year of wildflower meadows and in so doing, give one of the biggest charitable donations you could possibly make to nature and the natural environment.


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Shade Tolerant Wildflower Turf – A wildflower solution for shady areas

In 2011, whilst creating bespoke wildflower mixes for the 2012 Olympic site, we were asked to create a special wildflower mix suitable for tree lined, shaded areas. 4 years on and the shady meadows in the East Village are healthy and colourful with a good mix of species and biodiversity.

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Following the Olympics, we knew that the creation of a shade tolerant wildflower mix would be an important development for our landscaping clients. Wildflower Turf conducted research with Hillier Arboretum, trialling a number of different mixes within their tree nurseries, in order to provide a shade tolerant Wildflower Turf as a stock product. To look at the species mix within the Turf follow the link: Shade Tolerant Wildflower Turf

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It isn’t just the lack of light that causes problems in tree lined areas, other considerations for shaded areas include:

  •  Canopy lifting before laying the turf. This will increase the light available to the plants and can be a healthy option for the trees.
  • Leaving an area clear around the base of isolated trees or clumps of trees is sensible and allows for mulching which also improves the growing conditions of the trees and in an orchard, gives easy access for picking fruit!
  • Having a clear area at the base of the trees also makes the annual wildflower maintenance cut much easier and helps to protect the bark at the base of the tree against overzealous strimming!
  • Mature trees not only provide shade, they will also have an impact on the surrounding soil conditions by removing high levels of nutrients as well as moisture. Poor soil isn’t a problem for wildflowers but moisture levels can be, particularly when the meadow is first establishing.
  • Leaf litter and fruit can also be problematic in the autumn and must be cleared to avoid impact on the health of the wildflowers.

Our trials have led to the selection of the best species mix for optimum colour, biodiversity and longevity. Essential to the success of our Shade Tolerant products was the establishment of an optimum management regime for wildflowers in shaded areas to ensure that both the wildflowers and trees are given the best chance of success.

These management techniques are discussed during our Accreditation Training Days for landscapers and are integral to the success of shaded wildflower meadows.

Our Shade Tolerant Wildflower Mix is available as both a Wildflower Turf® and Wildflower Earth™. The turf can be laid at any time throughout the year other than in frost and snow. Wildflower Earth™ is best suited to Spring or Autumn installations. Continued research and development has enabled us to develop a number of bulb mixes that will complement the area with early season colour, both in shaded and open areas. These bulbs are generally installed in the autumn, but this is very easy to do at the time of laying the turf. Whilst this wildflower turf mix has been specifically designed to be installed around high shaded areas, boosting it with plugs can improve species diversity even further and this was implemented in certain areas of the Athletes Village. The turf has been developed by the company using its unique ‘soil-less’ system that is more drought tolerant than other more conventional methods. The turf has a wider selection of flowers, 41 different species, with a minimum of 75% wildflowers.

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To produce this environmentally beneficial product, every effort is made to source sustainable ingredients, for example composted green waste and organic nutrients, as well as carefully monitoring all inputs such as electricity and water. The turf naturally produces a bio-diverse habitat supporting birds, mammals, bees, butterflies and other invertebrate species.

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Shade Tolerant Wildflower Turf and Shade Tolerant Wildflower Earth are stock products and deliverable to site with 48 hour turnaround. Call our sales team for further information. To obtain a quote you will need the approximate area you require in m² and the postcode for delivery.

Call us on 01256 771222.



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