Parish Wild Flowers Scheme

Pollinating insects (such as bees and butterflies) are in a dangerous decline, we should assist in preserving their habitats, such as verges and open spaces.

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I have started gathering wild flower seeds and cuttings. The aim is - with the help of the National Park - to pu them in the wild as soon as the plants are strong enough. If others in th eHorton Parish would like to join me, it would be great.

Horton is important as we may have verges and other places which have special plants that thrive on upland limestone. We are also in the National Park.

Special Plants of Ribblesdale

Cranesbill, Melancholy Thistle, Knapweed, Betany, Sweet Cicely, Solomons Seal, Giant Bellflower, Cowslips, Primroses, etc..

Lord de Mauley (of the House of Lords) recently highlighted, simple actions to help pollinators - such as planting more bee friendly flowers - as part of a call to action. He was speaking at a conference organised by Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Wildlife Trusts to encourage people to do their bit to help insects such as bees and butterflies. It was also attended by HRH the Prince of Wales.

Hilary Fenton
The Shaws
Selside
BD24 0HZ
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