Bee and Butterfly Bank
This is one of fifteen new flower areas created in the city, made from pure chalk and planted with native flowers to showcase our wildlife-rich chalk grassland habitats.
This bank is a miniature model of the South Downs, from Eastbourne to Winchester. It is 17 metres long and is made of 60 tonnes of chalk.
Seed was collected from our local nature reserves such as nearby Bevendean Down, Sheepcote Valley and Ladies Mile, with the plants then grown-on at Stanmer Nursery. A volunteer planting day was held on the 1 October 2015 where youth ranger volunteers from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, along with staff and local volunteers all joined together to plant over 2,000 wild flower plugs. Plants from around 20 wild flower species have been planted into the bank, including ox-eye daisy, harebell, wild marjoram, wild basil, common toadflax, small scabious, lesser knapweed, bird’s foot trefoil, dropwort, chamomile, betony, wild carrot, and kidney vetch.
Although the structure looks fairly bare at the moment, in time the plants will grow, spread and cover the chalk to create a flower-rich area, which will look great and attract pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and beetles.