Haydon Wick Parish Council has spoken of the success of its wildflower initiative.

The council is creating sites dedicated to wildflowers across the parish following a public consultation. These include Hyssop Close, Elstree Way, Henchard/Maybold Crescent and Old Blunsdon Road.

Councillor Richard Hailstone, chairman of the amenities and leisure committee told of “the spectacular results” produced by reduced mowing. He said: “The slope above Tawny Owl pub, next to Hyssop Close, has produced a good display of ox-eye daisies and a remarkable show of pyramidal orchards. These flowers were once common in the pastures around Haydon Wick and have survived in this location as if it has never been ploughed-up and reseeded.”

The council intends to re-start the sowing of wildflower seeds at the two experimental plots at Old Blunsdon Road and opposite Catherine Waite school in the autumn, and will identify further sites for future sowing.