Wildflowers

Spring is an amazing time on the Greenway, with new plants appearing every week for us to enjoy. It’s a pleasure to get out there and experience the diversity of wildflowers on our doorstep. Sometimes appearing en masse taking over large areas or hiding in more secluded locations waiting to be discovered, wildflowers live up to their name as you're never really sure what you may find.

As part of the Connswater Community Greenway construction project we were keen to build on the quantity and diversity of wildflowers which previously existed by providing native meadow areas within the parkland and along the riversides. We planted over 15,000m2 and the benefits to the city only start with how great they look and smell when in bloom.

Wildflower meadows improve air quality, regulate urban temperatures, reduce Co2 in the environment and cost less to maintain than standard amenity grass areas. One particular benefit is supporting the bee population. Bees are vital to mankind for pollination of our plants and foods, yet they are under considerable threat from habitat loss and disease.

Albert Einstein is said to have stated that, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”  So your Greenway is not only an enjoyable place to get out and about but also doing its bit to save the world!

Photo Credit: Paul Hunter, Orangefield Park - Rapeseed, Ragged Robin & Wild Clover

 

Where to find it?

Wildflowers are all along the Greenway so take a closer look next time you are passing the hedges, riversides and meadow areas.

Our Greenway photographers have been snapping away and the range of great pictures highlight some of the places where wildflowers are thriving and just a few of the species you may see. Over the coming weeks we may focus in on a few of your favourites so let us know if you have any requests.

Photo Credit: Paul Hunter                 Dixon Park- Red Campion, Cow Parsley & Rapeseed

 

Be Part of it...

 

 

Have you spotted any bees munching wildflowers on the Greenway? After you have thanked them for all the work they do try to get a picture and send it in to us by emailing Laura@eastsidepartnership.com

Photo Credit: Aaron Matchett                 Dixon Park - Rapeseed