Helen Hoyle from the Sheffield team received a warm welcome from the Luton Friends of Parks and Greenspaces group last week. She attended their meeting to give a progress report on the meadow manipulation experiment, focusing specifically on the Luton Bramingham Road site. The group discussed changes to the site including the significant increase in pollinators noted last summer. They were interested to hear about the meadow species included in the mixes, as well as the mowing treatments soon to start. The group also showed an interest in the work of the broader Urban BESS project. An additional agenda item was the introduction of annual meadows to some roadside verges and roundabouts in Luton. This is due to happen this summer, so should bring colour and life to these sites.
Members of the group attending the meeting included (from left to right); Trevor Tween – Heritage and Environment Manager (LBC), Barbara Chadwick – representing Friends of Great Bramingham Park, Jen Martin – representing Friends of Great Bramingham Park, Paul Rodell – representing Friends of Icknield and Runfold and joint chair, Luton Friends of Parks and Greenspaces), Geoff Bunce (Groundwork), Russell Cartwright (Friends of High Town) and joint chair, Luton Friends of Parks and Greenspaces), David – Oakley – Hill (Luton FOE and JOINT chair, Luton Friends of Parks and Greenspaces), and Jane Conway – Development and Business Manager, LBC Parks Service, Vice Chair of LFPGS., together with Helen Hoyle (University of Sheffield).