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Butterfly World 2.0 

 Published on: 8th May 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new butterfly and wildflower meadow has been set up in Keens Field, Hemel Hempstead. 

Around 30 volunteers recently spent their Sunday morning sowing a new butterfly and wildflower meadow. 

The new meadow is one of three that has been sown in the last three weeks by the charity Butterfly World 2.0. 

The charity’s chairman, John Horsfield, said: “This was the first of our new meadows to be sown. Keen Field is an interesting site and a wonderful oasis for nature. 

“It is very visible and we hope local residents will enjoy it for years to come, I was also pleased with the number of children that joined us in the sowing and seemed to have had a fabulous time. 

“Over the last hundred years, over 97 per cent of our meadows have been lost and sadly the number is increasing. 

“A recent loss was the fantastic Miriam Rothschild Meadow on the Butterfly World project in Chiswell Green, St Albans. 

“After two years of campaigning to try and persuade the owners of Butterfly World to save the project, the community group, Save Butterfly World decided to concentrate on local environmental projects. 

“The move enabled the group to start to use its charity name Butterfly World 2.0 and the charity has also sown meadows in Garston Park, Watford and the historic Abbey Orchard in St Albans. 

“The seed for the meadows was donated by Buglife and another environmental charity, Plantlife, offered advice. 

“It was thanks to this advice that the Hemel meadow was sown by making incisions into the grass rather than stripping off the healthy existing grass.”

John also praised the Dacorum Council for their cooperation in the project and hope the users of Keens Field would by the summer, begin to enjoy the meadow and see more butterflies. 

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