Crawley Labour party members and residents in Ifield are delighted that Crawley Borough Council streetscene team have brought forward plans to plant a new wildflower meadow following requests from Ifield Labour councillors.
Cllr Peter Smith and Cllr Geraint Thomas, the Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, have been working with the Council’s streetscene team to identify suitable sites and the grass space at the junction of Hyde Drive and Rusper Road has been chosen for the next site.
'I am delighted that we have now been able to bring this site forward for conversion to a wild-flower meadow. This will help to make the space more pleasant for residents as well as encourage wild-life.' Cllr Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability’
Work has started on rotovating the site which will then be planted with wildflower seeds later. We are encouraging residents to come forward to help with the planting if they wish. The site will have some signage installed to explain the importance of wild-flowers to the environment.
Increasing the number of wildflower sites not only improves the appearance of the neighbourhood but it provides a habitat for bees and other wild-life as well as reducing the council’s grass cutting costs.
'This is the natural next step in our ‘Pride in Ifield’ campaign in conjunction with our plans for increased tree planting across the ward. I hope any resident that has similar sites in mind for wildflower planting will get in touch' Ifield councillor Cllr Peter Smith