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Wildflower glory ready to make a grand entrance

Our city is expected to bloom in blaze of wildflower colour in the next few weeks just in time for the height of the summer season.

Wild flowers

A conspiracy between a cold snap in the spring and prolonged early summer sunshine might have slowed progress a bit, but council experts are confident the wildflower season will be in full bloom shortly.

More than 180 sites across the city including roundabouts, roadside verges and parks were prepared for the summer back in March. And when the flowers are out in their full glory they'll be a haven for insects and honey bees who'll be able to feast on the nectar.

More than 41,000 square metres of wild flowers - equivalent to about seven football pitches - were planted in April and May and it's the early ones like those on Fabian Way's central reservation and at the Guildhall Rotunda which will show themselves first.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment, said Swansea's wildflower initiative has grown and grown, attracting praise from residents and visitors alike.

He said: "We're always fine-tuning the planting sites to give some places a rest and to enrich other locations instead.

"Over the years our Parks & Cleansing Service has gained a better understanding of which wildflowers work best and where and we've been putting that experience to good use this year.

"Hardly anyone can remember the cold snap in the spring. But we think that's slowed the growing process down, as has the lack of rain over the last few weeks. Although they might be a little late this time, the wildflowers are starting to show themselves and we think there'll be a blaze of colour in the next few weeks.

The wild flowers scheme is funded by Swansea Council with contributions from a number of councillors, some community councils and internal departments.

Cllr Thomas said: "The wild flowers scheme has been extremely popular with residents and visitors over the years. Other local authorities regularly come to take a look at what we do so residents in their areas benefit too.

"It's a terrific scheme because it raises people's spirits, improves the look of the city and boosts biodiversity by attracting more bees and other pollinators to urban areas.

"A lot of work goes into the scheme each year and we are confident this will pay-off again."

The council also works in partnership with the Friends of the Botanical Gardens, who are selling the seeds during their plant sale events.

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