Field overlooking town could become latest floral attraction

The view of Sidmouth from Salcombe Hill. Ref shs 0287-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The view of Sidmouth from Salcombe Hill. Ref shs 0287-07-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

A piece of land overlooking Sidmouth could become another floral feature for the town, but representatives are unsure whether it should boast wildflowers or daffodils – or both.

The field off Alma Lane has been earmarked by the Sid Vale Association (SVA) as part of its ‘valley of a million bulbs’ project.

But town councillors suggested an alternative use when they considered the request at a meeting this month.

Councillor Ian Barlow said the SVA was eyeing up the top right part of the field, which would be visible from as far away as Jacob’s Ladder.

Its project has brought the town global media attention – but with the project in its third year the SVA needs to look further afield for places to plant.

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Cllr Ann Liverton told the meeting: “We once considered using [the Alma Lane field] as a wildflower meadow, but that wasn’t done because the soil was over-rich in nitrates or phosphates. We left it to fallow – now we could look at it again.

“I would like to see it go that way. The daffodils they [the SVA] use are not a native flower.”

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Cllr John Dyson proposed a compromise of daffodils at the top of the field and wildflowers lower down.

And vice chairman, Cllr Jeff Turner, suggested asking the SVA if it would be happy to plant wildflowers instead of bulbs.

The decision has been deferred while the options are investigated.

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