BID Wins Funding for New Wildflower Meadow
01 February 2022
The BID is delighted to have been given the greenlight for a new wildflower meadow in the Sussex Gardens Triangle. The groundwork has already been laid and it should be blooming in time for summer 2022.
The wildflower meadow, which measures 10 metres by 4 metres, will improve biodiversity and air quality at a busy crossroad in Paddington by encouraging and preserving butterfly populations. Butterflies are a good indication of air quality because they need certain conditions to flourish.
The gorgeous meadow is part of the BID’s efforts to make Paddington a green oasis in the city, improving health and wellbeing as well as enhancing and enriching the environment for all to enjoy.
The meadow will be supported by an information board and will link already thriving butterfly populations in neighbouring Hyde Park to the Norfolk Square Gardens Topiary Butterfly Garden which was installed by the BID in April 2020, creating a ‘Butterfly Superhighway’ to help link up Paddington’s green spaces.
Establishing pathways gives butterflies a vaster habitat choice and with each project hosting different plants we should see increased numbers in the area. The BID will be supporting the projects by engaging the community on educational butterfly walks and events to help encourage people to care for the environment and butterfly populations.
After a successful application and discussions with Westminster CC, the BID received funding from the local councillors’ Ward budget to complete the project.