City in full bloom after seed sewing

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An urban area of Sheffield has been transformed into a mosaic of colour, thanks to the efforts of a joint project, sewing wildflower seeds along roadside verges.

The collaboration - between Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead work and the Sheffield 20s and 30s Walking Group - has resulted in an explosion of poppies and other wildflowers in the triangle of grass where Shrewsbury Road and South Street meet, at the top of the steps behind the city’s train station.

The site is now awash with colour and life as the plants establish themselves, creating an attractive environment for wildlife, encouraging pollination and enlivening an urban area of the city.

Jenny Naranjo, from the Sheffield 20s and 30s Walking Group, said: “We had a few walks around the area on our winter and spring programmes and we have been watching it and looking forward to seeing the magical result. It is very exciting for us. I would like to encourage everyone to go for a little walk there and enjoy the wildflowers and the fabulous views of Sheffield.”

Along with the seed planting activity, specially created insect homes have also been strategically placed around the site in a bid to increase biodiversity within the urban garden.