Flowers will bring out a wild side
OX-EYE daisies – once a familiar sight at Portishead's Lake Grounds – will be making a welcome return to the beauty spot.
Volunteers from Portishead in Bloom have teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society and local schoolchildren to plant dozens of the wild flowers, also known as moon daisies, outside the open air pool.
The flowers were once seen all over the Lake Grounds but over the years have disappeared due to the continued grass cutting regime.
The planting is part of a national drive by the Royal Horticultural Society to see the reintroduction of wild flowers such as the ox-eye daisy which attract butterflies, bees and insects.
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Volunteers and local children planted 150 of the white and yellow daisies on the grassed area outside the lido.
This year pathways will be mown into the grass and it is hoped the daises will spring up in the remaining areas, creating a natural wildflower meadow.
Volunteers also planted wildflower seeds on land at Sheepway and the Marina.
Portishead in Bloom chairman Sandy Tebbutt said: "Longer standing residents of Portishead will remember the ox-eye daisies right across the Lake Grounds.
"They do self seed and spread so we hope as a result of the planting there will be an abundance of them outside the pool.
"The project ties in with the RHS initiative to introduce more flowers which are nectar giving and attract bees, butterflies and insects.
"We also wanted to teach children how to plant and about the importance of wildflowers in the eco system."
The wildflower planting session was the latest in a string of initiatives at the Lake Grounds by the Portishead in Bloom group.
Volunteers have already replanted a hedge by the pool and were instrumental in the planting of a new flowerbed outside the pool to celebrate the Lions Club 40th anniversary.