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Linlithgow goes wild for meadows

02 May
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West Lothian Council is creating four areas of wildflowers in Linlithgow. 

Three are in Rosemount Park and one is in Beechwood Playing Field.

The wildflower project is funded by Buglife Scotland. The Buglife John Muir Pollinator Way project aims to create and enhance habitat for pollinators along the entire route of the John Muir Way.

Executive councillor for the Environment, Tom Conn said: "In future, the council will have to reduce the amount of grass cutting in some public areas due to budget and resource constraints. These areas would likely have been selected for reduced grass cutting in future if not converted to native wildflowers and this was an opportunity to have something more valuable and attractive.

"The areas will attract insects such as bees and will provide a safe habitat for them.  There will be biodiversity and visual amenity benefits and this concept will be used more in future, across West Lothian and further afield."

Local councillors, the Community Council, Town Centre Management Group, and Burgh Beautiful have all been notified of the plans.

Councillor Conn added: "We are not removing any other recreational opportunities and Beechwood will retain a good sized area for recreational activities.

"Rosemount has plenty of room remaining for dog walking.

"The areas ploughed were done with other recreational activities in mind, allowing public to continue to walk around, play, and in the case of Rosemount, sledge down hills."

No formal park features are being removed at both sites and the ground will settle. The process is to allow the ploughed areas to dry, then they will be harrowed (break up soil and smooth), seeded and rolled, with flowers appearing in summer.


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