Saving the bees, supporting wildlife and reversing climate change will not be achieved without changes. We will only achieve that goal by working in partnership; farmers, councils and garden owners together each doing our bit to create more wildflower ecosystems.
How Did it Come to This?
The 97% decline in wildflower meadows since the Second World War is not a natural event, it has occurred due to farming practices driven by consumer and Government demands in the UK.
In the 1950's there was a food shortage and farmers were tasked with increasing supply to help feed the nation. These demands involved ploughing up wildflower meadows to grow crops such as potatoes and cereals for both human and livestock consumption.
After the war, when it came to replant the grass fields, there was not a stock of seed that would replicate the meadows which were previously there as these had evolved over hundreds of years. Farmers replanted with a grass seed mix which was high yield. They did not use any wildflower seeds as wildflowers were classed as weeds as they do not have a high feed value.
The effect was further exacerbated by the arrival of large supermarkets in the latter part of the 20th century who continue to demand more for less from farmers, locking the farming community into a method of farming that is high yield and cheap in terms of food production, not allowing for the return to traditional wildflower meadows.
Our Future for Wildflowers
Our vision is to convert modern meadows back to wildflower meadows, creating a panorama that is full of colour against the skyline. We can only do this with your help. We have already started, believing it to be right.
Together, using your support as the catalyst for change, we will make wildflower meadows a thing of the future not just of the past.
If you really want to fight climate change and boost wildlife, join up to become a Wildflower Farmer. Your subscription will help create wildflower meadows and then maintain them. This ecosystem will offset carbon and create a fantastic wildlife habitat.