Salisbury City Council is in the process of rolling out areas of longer grass and wildflowers including at Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Victoria Park, Churchill Gardens and Hudson’s Field. Grass has been left to grow longer in swathes at Harnham and Bemerton Heath, with the chalky down encouraging insects to flourish.
There are additional roadside areas to develop wildlife corridors.
Bishopdown includes a large area left as meadow, with paths cut through for dog walkers and those walking to the local school and facilities. The path follows the brow of the hill to Old Sarum.
On the other side of town, Middle Street Meadow (connected to the city by the Town Path and Broken Bridges) is also to be celebrated for its biodiversity with its pond, rivers and paths cut through the long grass.
There are nature reserves on both sides of the city. The Avon Valley Nature Reserve incorporates the area behind the leisure centre, and the boardwalk which takes visitors along the river past reedbeds and into meadows. Lime Kiln Down can be found on Odstock Road on the route to the hospital. Again, the chalk down and re-wilding encourages wildflowers as well as a variety of insects, birds and butterflies.
If you would like to propose an area near you that might suit longer grass or wildflowers, please do get in touch.
The Salisbury Discovery Nature Trail
Our Communities Team have created a fantastic trail which showcases various species that call Salisbury home.
The trail is made up of 15 posts with special zinc plaques that you can create a rubbing from.
These posts are dotted around our parks and open spaces which may take you to places you have not visited or knew existed.