Falkirk Allotment Society

This project, carried out by Buglife Scotland,, was to create a wildflower-rich habitat along the John Muir Way and our site at Bantaskine was chosen for the planting of native hedging along the metal perimeter fence. Inevitably pandemic restrictions intervened in the completion of the project but in February a double staggered barefoot hedge was planted by Buglife staff in appalling weather. The hedge comprises of hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose, guelder rose, hazel and field maple. The flowers will provide a nectar and pollen source from late winter and the leaves will also provide certain species of math and butterfly larvae with important plant food. Eventually, the hedgerow will also provide shelter and cover for a range of wildlife species including birds.