There is an endless variety of flowers in the fields and meadows,
which if the agriculture of the country were more carefully
attended to, would disappear." William Wordsworth wrote
this intuitive prophecy in his description of the Lake District
at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Two hundred years
later one of the conclusions of the most recent Survey of the
flora of Cumbria was that while the loss of thirty species was
depressing "it is of far less consequence than the progressive
loss of habitat... of a large proportion of the native flora."
This in an area considered to be amongst the least affected
The knock-on effect has been that by poisoning and eliminating
significant parts of the natural food chain species such as
the skylark, dormouse and hare have become 'endangered species'.
Fortunately, we may have realised the danger before it is too
late. From Bio-diversity schemes for farmers to articles in
magazines and television programmes we are being encouraged
to contribute to a process which will hopefully halt and then
reverse the trend.
For further information contact a gardenadvice advisor by email.
Contact the supplier direct www.scottswildflowers.co.uk