The Bonnie, Wildflower-rich Banks of Loch Lomond

Alistair Whyte

Alistair Whyte

Head of Plantlife Scotland

5th October 2018


Cashel workshop

With the first chill of autumn firmly in the air, now is the time to start thinking about next year’s wildflower meadows. Plantlife Scotland teamed up with the Cashel Forest project in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, to create a new wildflower meadow. Creating a wildflower meadow from scratch can be hard work, and we spent time discussing the opportunities and pitfalls. Then it was outside and all hands on deck to prepare an area which will hopefully become a colourful, buzzing riot of wildflowers and insects over the next few years.

As ever with wildflower meadow creation, the emphasis was on reducing the nutrient levels in the soils, and reducing the spread of grasses and nettles. We introduced yellow rattle seeds to help with this (see here for more information), along with scarifying, raking and the removal of some topsoil.

The key to the success of any wildflower meadow is its ongoing management, and we discussed how to cut the meadow each autumn and remove the cuttings to ensure the nutrient levels remain low. The group have plans for further wildflower meadows, and we look forward to continuing to work with them to make this beautiful corner of the national park even better for nature!

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