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Create your own wildflower mini-meadow

We would like to invite you to participate in Horsham Forest Neighbourhood Council’s (Horsham FNC’s) first-ever One Square Metre (1m²) Mini-meadow Challenge.

We are preparing free packs (4 grams) of British wildflower seeds, enough for a one-square-metre wildflower mini meadow, to plant and watch grow this spring/summer.

Horsham FNC modelled this project after a similar project in Warnham, sponsored by the Wild about Warnham group and Warnham Parish Council.

Prepare the ground now

1sqM patch ready for seeding

Ready to begin? Quick steps:
1. Get your seeds – Local primary school children will be coming home with their seeds soon. You can also collect from the local businesses listed below.
2. Prepare the ground – If you do not have access to a garden, you can also plant the seeds in smaller quantities in window boxes, plant pots, recycled plastic food containers or bottles, or any other suitable container.
3. Sow your seeds – The 4 grams is enough to cover one square metre. Do not overcrowd your seeds if using a smaller area. Read more: “Sowing and Care”.
4. Care for your seeds – Water your seeds, particularly as our springs are becoming dryer. Read more: “Sowing and Care”.
5. Send us photos! – Send photos of your mini-meadows and wildflowers to fnchorsham@sky.com for a chance to win a prize. Deadline 1 August 2023.

Brighton Road Baptist Church
Brighton Road, Horsham RH13 5BD

L M Clapham Butchers
3 Elm Grove, Horsham RH13 5HX

Gardner and Scardifield
21 & 23 Queen St, Horsham RH13 5AA

New Street Butchers
97-99 New St, Horsham RH13 5DX

Forester’s Arms
43 St Leonard's Rd, Horsham RH13 6EH

READ: How to Create your Mini-meadow

It could look like this later

wild flower meadow

Your Seeds
We are providing free 4g packs of seed so you can create your own mini-wildflower meadow in your garden. Each pack will be enough to create a One Square Metre Mini-Meadow.

Among the species included in each pack are Greater Knapweed, Wild Carrot, Lady's Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw, St. John's Wort, Cat's Ear, Field Scabious, Ox-Eye Daisy, Devil's Bit Scabious, Rough Hawkbit, Common Toadflax, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Ragged Robin, Cowslip, Selfheal, Yellow Rattle, Common Sorrel and Salad Burnet, plus various wild types of grass.

There are also some cornfield annual species to provide a cover crop and a ‘pop’ of early colour whilst perennial species become established.

The Importance of Meadows
Wildflower meadows could once be found throughout the UK. Today only 3% of the meadows that existed in the 1930s remain. Nearly 7.5 million acres of wildflower meadow have been lost and they are still being destroyed.

Wildflower meadows are species-rich grassland habitats that support a huge range of wildlife including plants, bees, flies, beetles, spiders, moths, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, bats and birds.

Species-rich grassland also provides other environmental benefits including carbon storage, water retention to prevent flooding and habitat for crop pollinators.