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Wakehurst plants ancient meadow

Wildflowers in a Sussex meadow

Yvette Austin reports on the new Wakehurst meadow

Conservationists are taking steps to protect wild flowers by creating a traditional meadow at Kew's country garden in East Sussex.

The seed has been harvested from an ancient meadow near Battle and is being planted at Wakehurst Place.

It is hoped that the meadow will increase biodiversity, protect endangered species and encourage the public to create similar wild oases in their gardens.

Wakehurst houses the Millennium Seed Bank which stores 1.7 billion seeds from all over the world.

Last year it reached its target of ten per cent of the world's wild plants.

The project has been described as an "insurance strategy" against future biodiversity losses.




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