UK: Glasgow council to plant one million flower bulbs alongside busy road

A million flower bulbs are set to be planted alongside one of Glasgow’s busiest roads. The flowers will run for more than two miles alongside a stretch of the Great Western Road.

The nectar-rich bulbs are to be planted this autumn on the central reservation over a 3.3-kilometer stretch between Duntreath Avenue in Drumchapel to Anniesland Cross and will flower in the spring and summer. Next year, around 10,000 meters squared of wildflower seeds will be sown along the same stretch by Glasgow City Council.

Buchanan Bus Station is also due to have bulbs planted this autumn. The scheme is part of the £1.5m citywide Green Connectors and Wildflower Action Plan, which aims to create more habitat for nature. Trees, bulbs, wildflowers, and wetland plants are to be added as part of the scheme. There will also be less grass cutting in certain areas and a reduced spraying of weedkiller.

The council will 'manage' large areas of meadow grass in Elder Park, Queens Park, and Kings Park with a cut once or twice a year. A council report said: “Species-rich grassland supports a variety of bird, mammal, and invertebrate species in Glasgow, including butterflies, moths, and other pollinators, with sensitive management providing them with food and shelter."


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