Braddan Commissioners experimented this year with planting an area with wild flower seed on a verge next to the Strang crossroads. After preparing the ground, the planting of the annual seed mix last spring, coincided with driest summer for years and they struggled initially.

Fortunately, the rain returned later in the summer and the flowers have since thrived.

Commissioners’ Chairman, Andrew Jessopp said “This is the first time the Authority have planted wild flower seed and we have been delighted with the results and huge amount of positive feedback from members of the public. The prominent nature of the site has meant the flowers have been a talking point all summer and are still in bloom now. The project is not just about enhancing the area, hopefully we have also attracted lots of insects and pollinators.”

The next stage will be to mow the whole area and prepare the ground again ready for planting next spring. Due to the success of the project, the Authority are going to extend it to another area in 2019 in the Isle of Man Business Park. The new location was chosen due to its proximity to offices and businesses and the Commissioners hope it will be as successful as the Strang.

The seed was obtained from Pictorial Meadows, a company part owned by the University of Sheffield, specialising in the development of wild flowers that thrive in garden soils.