I was invited to the recent Annual Town Meeting, as Chair of Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community, to receive a generous donation from the Mayor as one of his chosen charities. I stayed for the formal business of that meeting and, being the only member of the public present, was asked if I wanted to ask a question: I asked if the area in front if the war memorial could again be planted with wild flower seeds, as it was a few years ago. It looked beautiful, the seeds were free and there was general praise and at least one letter in the press.
This practice has increasingly been taking place for years, in many areas including road verges and roundabouts in rural and city areas. It has lowered maintenance costs for councils and encouraged insects, particularly bees.
The Town Council removed the wild flowers and the bordering lavender plants, I was told these were dying. It is now laid to grass, bordered by low hedging with a cypress tree either side of the memorial. It is always kept well manicured by the Town Council, but is sterile and bland.
How much more attractive if again there was a small wild flower area bordered maybe by lavender which attracts bees. It would be most poignant especially when poppies bloomed.