Sewing the seeds of nature


Gloucester nature reserve is receiving hand picked seeds from Hucclecote meadow.

Over the summer months the city council has been working with Environment Agency to create and strengthen a nature reserve at Horsbere Brook.

Teams have been hand picking seeds at the Hucclecote meadows to then plant at the reserve. The last phase of seed picking will be on August 11th

All seeds that are collected are planted at the reserve to support and strengthen the already thriving wildlife. Since the project started in 2016, several species have grown for the first time this year, such as the yellow rattle and common vetch.

The next seed planting will be on August 4th at 10am. The session takes up to two hours and will then be repeated on August 18th.

Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment at Gloucester City Council, said: “Preserving the city’s nature reserve is essential to protecting Gloucester’s wildlife. The dedication shown by all those involved has been humbling.

“The reserve is already thriving with news species and now, thanks to these extra seeds from the meadow, it will only get more impressive.”