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Wildflower success in Scarborough

By Fay Yeomans
BBC York & North Yorkshire

Wildflowers. Image courtesy of Scarborough in Bloom
By August the resulting display was simply stunning

Springhill Meadows is a new wildflower meadow which has been created in upper Falsgrave Park in Scarborough.

The creation of the meadow is part of a major effort in recent years to give the parkland a new lease of life, with work being done by Scarborough Council's Parks and Countryside team, the Friends of Falsgrave Park and Scarborough in Bloom members.

Since 2000, when local youngster, Finn Taylor, drew attention to the fact that the park was in need of some care and attention, a considerable amount of effort has been put in to improve the area.

A stone circle was created in the top park in 2003 and this was complemented by the planting of perennial wildflowers.

Stone circle in meadow. Image courtesy of Scarborough in Bloom
A stone circle was created in the top park in 2003

However, although the initial display was striking, grasses quickly took over and the meadow rather lost its appeal.

This year things have been very different. In the springtime the old meadow was first treated and then sown with a mixture of cornfield annual seeds, including cornflowers and corn marigolds.

By August the resulting display was simply stunning.

As well as being the largest public park in the town, Falsgrave Park is also the oldest, with a history going back as far as the 13th century. It was first mentioned in 1283 when Robert of Scarborough proposed bringing water from the area's springs and wells to the Franciscan Friary and the town.

By 1319 the plans had been realised and water was taken from the park to two basins in the Friargate and St Sepulchre Street area.

First known as Springhill Park, the area became an enclosure from Falsgrave Manor in 1773.

Falsgrave Park in about 1908
The idea of providing a public park was first raised in 1885

The idea of providing a public park in the area was first raised in a council meeting in 1885 and Falsgrave Park, as it became known, has since provided a lovely stretch of natural beauty for local people and visitors for almost 125 years.

The success of the 2009 wildflower meadow has prompted Scarborough's Parks and Countryside team to consider creating similar areas of wildflowers in other parts of the borough where there are large grass swathes.

The idea is to create colour and add interest in some areas, possibly including housing estates, with informal planting rather than more traditional formal beds and displays.

In pictures: Springhill Meadows
28 Aug 09 |  Nature & Outdoors


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