The “Waistcoat Lads” as they are effectionatly called, due to their spectacular waistcoats, have turned their fingers to numerous planting projects for the Heart of Durham, from growing plug plants for Northumbrian Water, tending nectar plants and marsh violets for small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly sites and generally keeping an eye on the small nursery area at Low Barns.
Plugging the Gap is a two year project being led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the project is to collect wildflower seeds form roadsides and verges, to propagate these seeds and to plant them out once the plants have established as good plugs into meadows within the North Pennines AONB . The Heart of Durham Works on a landscape scale, with many of the sites the project works on lying within the North Pennines AONB, so the partnership is therefore beneficial.
So lying beneath the compost waiting for spring are melancholy thistle, meadow cranes bill, water avens, pignut and many more seeds, that will eventually be planted out to increase biodiversity of meadows thereby encouraging larger variation of insects and butterflies.
To find out more about volunteering with the Heart of Durham Project or the Low Barns Nursery, please contact Anne Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01388 488 740.