Photo: K Dawson

Seed sowing with Wildflower Lewes

This autumn, thanks to funding from Friends of Lewes, Wildflower Lewes will be sowing Lewes wildlife verges and sites with Yellow Rattle and Red Bartsia seeds. These plants parasitise grass roots, reducing the rougher, taller grasses and letting through more wildflowers to feed and house insects and other small animals. 

Thanks to Depot Cinema, the group also has kidney vetch and vipers bugloss seeds, which will brighten up and diversify the verges. The seeds were harvested from Depot’s green roof, where these species flourish. 

The seeds can’t be sown until grass has been cut and cleared – probably towards the end of October. Wildflower Lewes will be asking for volunteers to help – scraping little patches of soil and pressing in seeds. 

Email wildflowerlewes@gmail.com if you’d like to:

  • Be involved in sowing, planting or surveying, 
  • Join its circulation list to keep in touch with how its supporting biodiversity,
  • Have a wildlife verge or site near your home, school or workplace