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Flower meadow planting in the Suchy Las on 16.05.2024

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Flower meadow planting in the Suchy Las on 16.05.2024

On 16 May 2024, the One More Tree Foundation, with the support of dozens of volunteers from the GSK company, held a flower meadow sowing and bulb planting event in Suchy Las. The aim of this event was to enrich the biodiversity of the natural environment and to create a beautiful, colourful place for all visitors to the Active Education and Sports Area in Suchy Las. The plants were carefully planted in a specially prepared area next to the wooden playground. We would like to thank everyone involved who supported our initiative and helped to make it a reality.

What plants have we sown?

We sowed a mixed meadow, a combination of annual and perennial meadow – the first flowers should appear as early as July and some will only bloom the following year. In addition, we have also planted bulbous plants, including several species of gladiolus and cinnabar.
We are betting on organic green spaces.
We sow native species of flowers and grasses that attract honeybees and wild pollinators – supporting their populations and preserving biodiversity and restoring ecosystems – creating habitats for a variety of animal and insect species.

Among the species planted were:

Single-season plants

Bulbous plants

Perennial plants

Flower meadows in cities

Flower meadows not only can, but should, replace lawns in urban spaces. Meadow plants are more resilient than lawns and readily take hold in hard-to-reach areas. Where lawns are difficult to maintain, a meadow is more likely to survive. It will do well on tracks, rooftops and roadside areas, as well as in parks, around offices and blocks of flats.

Types of flower meadow:

An annual meadow provides a quick effect, pleasing the eyes with a wealth of colour over a single growing season. The flowering plants immediately attract honey bees and other pollinating insects, becoming a valuable food source for them for several months. Such a meadow also provides more opportunities for experimentation – each year we can choose different species to sow or change the location. In addition, flower meadows can also be planted in pots, which is ideal for smaller spaces.

Perennial meadows develop in their own rhythm, with some plants only flowering after the first year. These types of meadows change their appearance over the years, which is particularly important with the increasingly warmer summers. They are characterised by high drought tolerance, making them an ideal choice for larger areas. The perennial flowers attract and support butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Mixed meadows are a combination of both types. A good solution is to add some annual plants to the mix. This will ensure that the meadow blooms profusely in the first year without disturbing the perennial plants. This combination allows you to enjoy a quick visual effect while building a sustainable and resilient ecosystem for the future.