Olympic flowers at Kings Hill
Swathes of colourful wildflowers, inspired by planting at the Olympic Park, have been brightening up the landscape at Kings Hill and attracting numerous positive comments.
Known as ‘pictorial meadows’ and increasingly fashionable, the meadows were grown from special seed mixes containing both native and ornamental species, including fairy toad flax, field and Californian poppies, corn marigolds, black eyed Susan, cornflowers and cosmos.
Rich in nectar to attract bees, butterflies and other wildlife, the flowers have been planted in areas where there is good public access – alongside high footfall paths and roads.
Kings Hill resident John Keys said: “It is a pleasure to pass by these delightful beds of flowers and see bees and butterflies hovering and settling on the plants.
“As residents, we sometimes miss the truly delightful aspects of our community and these little havens of beauty will be appreciated by all who pass by and see them.”
The pictorial meadows at Kings Hill were commissioned by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK and planted by its landscape contractors, Tonbridge-based Coblands.
Coblands’ managing director Colin Viccars said: “The objective was to provide an attractive, insect friendly and unusual summer feature. We used the same seed mixes that were used so successfully at the Olympic site last year. The ‘pictorial meadows’ are designed to provide a broad spectrum of colour which evolves as the season develops – so changing the picture between June and October.”
The high standard of landscaping sets Kings Hill apart from other developments, making it an attractive place to work and live. “The environment at Kings Hill has always been hugely important to us and we devote a great deal of time and money into making it a showcase for good landscaping,” said Susan Davies, Liberty’s residential coordinator.
“Biodiversity is also important and we create and maintain as many wildlife habitats as we can – and the wildflower meadows are doing just that. They have been so popular that we are planning to plant more next year.”