BLUE campaign           


  • ​Rather than spending every Saturday morning cutting ALL the grass on the lawn, just spend a moment each Saturdayof the summer cutting a path up the middle, just wide enough to walk up. Leave the rest either side to grow into a wild flower meadow. You will be astonished with the flowers that start appearing from May/June. Remember, it won't look particularly attractive until the grass reaches quite a height, but then it will continue to give you and your friends and family pleasure for the rest of the summer. In late September, cut all the grass and rake it up into hay rick in the corner of the garden. 
  • Place a blue heart on a stick on the ground in front of your growing meadow. These blue hearts are made out of re-cycled wood at Wiltshire Wood Re-Cycling and free of charge ready to collect from Waitrose stores. The blue heart communicates to friends and family that 'biodiversity restoration is in progress'. 
  • If you cut your hedges, make sure you do this at the end of the year and stack any 'garden waste' on top of the hay. This is now PERFECT habitat for hibernating hedgehogs, insects and small mammals, so don't burn it.

It is not suggested that you re-sow an area of lawn with wild flower meadow seed until you have seen the results of your lawn when it has been left to grow into flowering plants for the first year, as it might be completely unnecessary. In any event, it is likely that the plants that are already in your lawn like it there, and newcoming seed may not.

If you do need seed, buy it carefully as there are many mixes available and not all will be suitable for your soil type.

BLUE is sourcing its own special general purpose meadow seed mixture called EM3 from Emorsgate Seeds.

When you purchase, make sure that you state you are buying for BLUE campaign. It's broad range of wild flowers and grasses in the mix provide the greatest habitat potential for wildlife and insects; for pollen and nectar, food plants and shelter. This will need sowing onto a prepared seedbed, using about 1 tsp per m2. A handful sized scoop would contain around 50g of seed enough to sow 12m2.