Friends of Lewes helps Wildflower Lewes to buy seeds for wildlife verges in Lewes

Thanks to funding from Friends of Lewes and Waitrose, Wildflower Lewes have obtained a substantial quantity of Yellow Rattle seeds, and some seeds of Red Bartsia, to sow onto the wildlife verges and some of the Lewes District Council-owned wildflower sites.

Yellow Rattle and Red Bartsia are both hemi-parasites and weaken rough grasses by attaching to their roots. This encourages the growth of a wider range of wildflowers.

The seed mix includes some Viper’s Bugloss and Kidney Vetch seeds courtesy of Depot cinema.

These seeds will be sown as soon as possible after the grass has been cut and cleared towards the end of October.

Yellow Rattle, and Red Bartsia
Yellow Rattle, and Red Bartsia. Photos courtesy of AnemoneProjectors, CC BY-SA 2.0 , and Richard Avery, CC BY-SA 4.0

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