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Daventry District Council is passionate about enhancing biodiversity and particularly helping to grow more wildflowers in the District. 

Our wildflower and other planting schemes provide opportunities for volunteers to work together for the good of their community, while creating new habitats in Daventry District for pollinator insects such as butterflies, hoverflies, beetles and wild bees, which are in decline in the UK.

Dozens of communities across the district have planted wildflowers in recent years with free seed and bulbs supplied by the Council.

Wildflower and tree planting projects

Big Climate Fightback tree planting scheme

Community groups across Daventry District were offered up to 15 saplings each to plant in public spaces during National Tree Week, which ran from 23 November to 1 December 2019.

Groups were offered the choice of an urban tree pack featuring five each of Crab Apple, Hazel and Field Maple trees or a bee-friendly pack including two each of Goat Willow, Hazel, Crab Apple and Rowan trees. 

The offer was made as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback initiative – a campaign to get one million people to join the fight against climate change by pledging to plant a tree. 

The Council has recently introduced a Tree Policy which sets out key commitments in relation to tree planting and tree preservation. 

Remembrance Big Poppy Plant

Daventry District Council invited groups to apply for a "Remembrance" mix of free poppy seeds to be planted in their chosen community, as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

Budding Communities  

The Budding Communities project in 2017 provided 39 community groups and primary schools with a total of 16kg of wildflower seed and 4,600 spring bulbs for planting.

Mini Wildflower Meadows

The Mini Wildflower Meadows project created small wildflower havens in Newnham, Barby, Long Buckby, Crick Jubilee Wood and Obelisk Spinney Pocket Park.

The Big Wildflowers Project

This project saw perennial wildflower meadows of all sizes created by groups including Long Buckby United Reformed Church,  Crick Jubilee Wood, Norton Parish Council, Flore Parish Council, Crick Millenium Wood Committee,  Byfield Parish Council, Obelisk Spinney Pocket Park, Evelyn Wright Care Home, Braunston Canal Society,  Guardians of Winwick, Braunston Parish Council, Lilbourne Parish Council, Weedon Pocket Park,  Newnham Jubilee Allotment Association, West Haddon Parish Council, Barby and Onley Parish Council, Kilsby Parish Council,  Arqiva, Brixworth Primary School, 4th Daventry Brownies, Daventry Guides,  Long Buckby Pocket Park, Moulton Parish Council, Chapel Brampton Pocket Park, Yelvertoft Parish Council.

The Big Poppy Plant

This project saw poppies and other wild flowers planted in more than 35 locations around the district in 2014, in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  The project was supported by the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust and funding was also kindly received from the Rotary Club of Danetre Daventry.

Supporting insect pollinators

Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens.

There are five simple actions we can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  2. Let your garden grow wild
  3. Cut your grass less often
  4. Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides.

Please find out more on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website

If you find an unwanted swarm of bees in Daventry District, please contact the Northamptonshire Beekeepers' Association, who operate a bee swarm retrieval service. You can find out more at northantsbees.org.uk