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Wildflower haven to be created near city centre

Pyramidal-Orchid

A future haven for wildflowers is being created at Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve (WR5 3DH), close to Worcester city centre.

The City Council has joined forces with the Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (www.wwmcrc.co.uk) to reclaim a large area of the Reserve which had become overgrown with invasive brambles.

Approximately one third of the original area dominated by bramble and dog rose will remain, providing plenty of shelter for nesting birds and small mammals.Other parts will be cleared to provide more light so that wildflowers including the Common Spotted Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Michaelmas Daisy and Coltsfoot can grow and attract pollinating insects.

"Wildflowers are not only beautiful but they are also important because they support bees and other insects which pollinate plants.Many of our favourite fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on insect pollination," explains Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Committee.

"We have taken advice from conservation experts before commencing work at Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve to ensure that the work undertaken is balanced and will benefit many forms of wildlife."

The Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company has provided manpower and equipment to undertake the work, which is due to be completed by the end of February 2021.

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