Stroud Town Council’s green spaces team wanted to brighten up some of the unused land around the bridge and the canal development.
So Jim Mathison, green spaces manager, and his team, planted a pictorial meadow seed mix.
Now it is a sea of purples, blues and reds as the Shirley poppies, corn flowers and Fairy toadflax bloom.
Not only does it add colour to the gateway into the town but it is also designed to attract bees and insects.
“We wanted to do something that would make the area ‘instantly’ look nice as as we are a bee guardian town we also wanted to ensure we planted something that would be beneficial to insects,” said Jim.
There was a moment of panic for the team when the wet spring delayed planting and then the area, once planted, was inevitably trampled by crowds with the Olympic torch came through town.
“I think the Olympic torch did us a favour as the seeds were treaded into the ground and now we have this lovely display.”
The meadow will continue blooming until October with late-flowering varieties, such as corn marigolds and black-eyed Susans turning the area to a sea of golds and yellows.