Planting a million bulbs will brighten our valley – but please take a moment to consider the impact of non-native species.
Of particular concern is the provenance of the bluebells. True English ones are under threat from the Spanish bluebell, which is the bulb more likely to be available at retail outlets. The two species hybridise readily, producing vigorous offspring.
What is lost? That unique genetic fingerprint – gone forever is the perfume, hue and delicacy of our native English plant – the very characteristics that have inspired us for centuries. Sidmouth should be in the vanguard to promote the plant of our poets.
Please also spare a thought for the flamboyant six-spot burnet moth at Jacob’s Ladder.
The slopes there are carpeted with wild flowers supporting a thriving population of these moths, which delight in midsummer.
You may also want to watch:
- 1 It's our time to share our fortune and 'do our bit' as we start to re-open
- 2 Hayman's Butchers 'had been my life' - Stewart Hayman
- 3 Further improvements for Sidmouth Town FC
- 4 Town is spruced up as excitement is in the air for future
- 5 Claire leaves political spotlight
- 6 Salston Manor Hotel plans given the go-ahead
- 7 There will be sunshine after the rain as the town re-opens
- 8 Sidmouth garden show to take place as lockdown eases
- 9 Show of Art set to captivate Kennaway House visitors
- 10 Set aside a wild patch in your garden - better to watch than the television!