Skip to main content Logo search icon

Ten Meadows project looking for next location to transform into wildflower site

SA Updated
Ten Meadows project looking for next location to transform into wildflower site

The Ten Meadows project, which creates and enhances meadow sites in and around Totnes, is looking for new locations. 

The Ten Meadows project enters its second year with an appeal to the public for suggestions for "areas that could be improved to benefit wildflowers and insect pollinators".

Co-ordinated by local social enterprise ParkLife South West, and supported by the town, district and county councils, the Ten Meadows project aims to provide a network of at least ten wildflower sites in the Totnes area over a three-year period.

The first year of the project included wildflower improvement projects at Longmarsh, the Arboretum, the cemetery and at Leechwell Garden. Other parks and greenspaces could also benefit from a different approach, by either sowing new wildflower and wild grass mixes, or by changing the management of the existing grassland area by cutting less frequently or at different times.

Once a more common and colourful feature in our landscape, Britain has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s. Those that remain are often small and fragmented, so it is vitality important than they are protected, and new meadow areas created. This is the aim in Totnes.

ParkLife SW Director, Keith Rennells said: “Wildflower grassland can contain more than 150 different plants, providing food and shelter for an array of insects, from bees and beetles to grasshoppers and butterflies. These, in turn, support many small animals and birds.

"However, the loss of good wildlife habitat means it is more difficult for species to move around the landscape. Connecting old meadows to new habitats is a vital part of the work.”

There are two ways people can get involved. Firstly, ParkLife South West is co-ordinating a series of community environmental volunteering projects through the autumn and winter months, with activities at Longmarsh, the Arboretum and in other green spaces in Totnes.

Secondly, ParkLife is inviting suggestions from the community for meadow creation or enhancement projects in Totnes. Whilst they might not all come to fruition, it would be good to gather ideas from local people who use the parks and green spaces on a daily basis.

Cllr Tom Holway, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity, said: “Many of the green spaces dotted around the town are owned and managed by the District Council, and we are supporting the Ten Meadows project as part of our commitment to the Council’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Plan.

“Creating these wildflower meadows in the urban environment provide clear benefits to wildlife, but also inject welcome colour and interest into our sites, and perhaps will encourage our residents to try creating their own flowery pockets at the garden scale.”

If you would like to join a ParkLife volunteer project, or have ideas for new wildflower meadow areas, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Facebook or Instagram @parklifesw 


User comments

There are no user comments for this listing.

You might also be interested in

Devon County revs up for an adrenaline-fueled show in May
Category: General News
Hold your Horses – the Devon County Show will very soon be here, and the team is working at a fast and furious pace...
Kingsbridge Family Church is giving away free 'warm packs' for people who need them
Category: General News
Kingsbridge Family Church has created free 'warm packs' to give away to people who need them or who are experiencing fuel poverty. ...
Police in Totnes help fund essential equipment for local food bank
Category: General News
Devon and Cornwall Police officers in Totnes have made a £450 donation to a local food bank to help fund a new fridge freezer...
Quayside Leisure Centre team has been recognised for life saving actions
Category: General News
Three quick-thinking Quayside Leisure Centre staff in Kingsbridge have been recognised for the part they played in saving the life of 60-year-old centre user,...
Resurfacing works causing delays in Harbertonford
Category: General News
Roadworks in Harbertonford are causing long delays. 
Kingsbridge Police Station will be officially opened next week
Category: General News
The formal opening of Kingsbridge Police Station will take place next week.