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Creating Colour at Capels

Wildflower meadow for Stroud’s new waterside park

The wildflower meadow has been sown at Capels Mill.

Local business expertise

Gardiners of Minchinhampton carried out the preparatory groundwork. The surface was cleared of the larger loose stone before being harrowed in readiness for the seed. The picture right shows Gardiners ‘harrowing buggy’ in action.

Also to be seen are two benches manufactiured & installed by Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers through an access grant made by Veolia Environmental.

Spraying on a wildflower meadow

Once the ground had been prepared South Gloucestershire landscaping specialists Aquaseeders moved in.

Aquaseeders Director Mike Thornton explains the process…

“Here we use water from the canal to create a liquid mixture of wood pulp & seeds.

“An organic green dye is added to the mixture. This is then sprayed over the entire 8,000 square metre area. The colouring is simply to indicate where we have sprayed. The wood pulp forms a mulch that holds the seed during the germination process.

“This mixture is an ‘eighty – twenty mix’. That is to say 80% is four different species of meadow grass and 20% is twelve species of wild flower.

“The result will be a wildflower meadow characteristic of traditional meadows across a wide range of soil types.”

Below are the common names of the flowers and grasses.

Wild Flowers

Yarrow; Common Knapweed; Wild Carrot; Lady’s Bedstraw; Field Scabious; Oxeye Daisy; Birdsfoot Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Cowslip; Selfheal; Meadow Buttercup; Bulbous Buttercup; Yellow Rattle & Common Sorrel.


Common Bent; Crested Dogstail; Slender-creeping Red-fescue & Smaller Cat’s-tail.

Aquaseeders Mike Thornton comments…

“It was great to be involved in a project where so many of the local people show a positive interest. In the years to come it will be really nice to site in a wild flower meadow field and watch the comings and goings on the canal.”

Dave Marshall of Stroud District Council sums up…

Our original plan had been to grass seed the area, but after talking to Clare Mahdiyone at the Stroud Valleys Project, we agreed it would be a good idea to change to a flower mix. Jim Mathieson at Stroud Town Council gave us some excellent advice on which mix would be best to use. All this coincided with Prince Charles’ call for more wildflower meadows to be planted, so all in all, it’s worked out rather well.

We’re now working with the Stroud Valleys Project on drawing up a landscaping plan for Capels Mill, which will include planting some areas of trees.

Click here & here, or on the icons below, to find out more about the local businesses involved in creating Stroud’s new waterside park.