Stroud Fringe festival goers have proven they are a blooming good lot.
Last year, hundreds of festival goers unknowingly helped trample meadow wildflower seeds at Wallbridge.
Now the area is awash with wildflowers including oxeye daisies, common figworts, knapweed, shepherd’s purse, sorrel, white campion and yarrow.
The meadow has become a hive of activity for a variety of bumble bee species.
Mike Dando, Manager of Stroud Town Council’s Green Spaces team, came up with the idea to make use of the festival goers to help the meadow along.
“In 2013 the flowers at Wallbridge were especially spectacular probably because the seed received a good tramping down by the crowds that turned out to watch the Olympic Torch,” he said.
“So we thought we would use the same process. The trampling gives a good contact between the seeds and the soil. They do not need to be covered with soil, but contact is needed for germination,” says Mike.
“The Town Council is a sponsor of the Fringe so the wonderful display is a nice reminder of what a great time people had at the festival,” said Mike.