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Stamford Climate Action Group focuses on wildflowers in town centre




This month’s Climate Report generated headlines in the international media such as ‘We’re killing Earth’, ‘Code red’ and ‘Climate change: Inevitable, unprecedent and irreversible’, writes Stamford town councillor Amanda Wheeler, a member of Stamford Climate Action Group.

This prompted one Stamford resident to email every town councillor asking: “How is the council going to respond?”

I was able to tell her that we are trying to address the climate emergency in our own backyard and 18 months ago we formed the Climate Action Group, consisting of councillors, environmental groups and concerned residents. We meet monthly to look at what we as a town can do to tackle climate-related issues. She is now our newest member.

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

However, her email made me realise that many local people don’t yet know about us. The Mercury have kindly agreed to allow us a monthly Climate Action column, where we will explore a specific topic each month and highlight ways in which we can all get involved in adapting to the challenges of climate change. This week’s topic is wildflowers.

At the moment, almost all the verges in Stamford are grass. These need regular mowing to remain presentable and offer very little benefit to wildlife. Wildflowers, on the other hand, need less frequent mowing and offer enormous benefit to wildlife and to humans. They provide pollinator corridors for bees and butterflies. They offer improved air quality and a buffer to noise pollution. They contribute to carbon sequestration and reduce the air temperature. They provide habitat for wildlife. They also enhance the environment and are attractive to residents and visitors alike.

By replacing our grass verges with wildflowers, we will cut our carbon emissions and support our pollinators, as well as reducing the bill for cutting verges. Creating a wildflower patch in your own garden is a simple way to support the work we are doing throughout our town.

Stamford College students with a vision for Stamford's wildflower planting
Stamford College students with a vision for Stamford's wildflower planting

Recently, Stamford College students took up our cause, collating data, identifying potential sites and producing a wildflower map of Stamford. If you want to have your say about wildflowers in Stamford, then please complete the survey at https://forms.office.com/r/pV7N0sPSv6

The next Climate Action Group meeting is on Wednesday, September 15, at 6pm. This virtual meeting can be joined by emailing townclerk@stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk for a link. All welcome.

Stamford town councillor Amanda Wheeler
Stamford town councillor Amanda Wheeler


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