NEW wildflower mini meadow areas are set to spring up in a Lancashire borough.

As part of an initiative to improve biodiversity, Chorley Council have committed to creating 31 areas across the borough in addition to enhancing existing ones.

After winning several awards, including the 50th Anniversary Award of RHS Britain in Bloom competition for wildflowers, plus listening to comments from members of the public on how nice the wildflower areas look, the council are looking to create more.

Cllr Adrian Lowe, executive member of Chorley Council for Customer, Advice and Streetscene Services said: “Not only will these wildflower areas provide a burst of colour, they will provide essential habitat for insects, bees and butterflies and improve natural ecosystems.”

Some of the areas identified may have previously been difficult to maintain due to ground conditions and therefore make ideal sites for wildflower meadows.

The majority of the wildflower meadows will be sown in verges with a mix of seed types to attract pollinators. It’s not just native species of seeds that will be sown, meaning that more colour, extended flowering season can be achieved, which in turn provides more food and habitats for insects and pollinators. Many of the corridors identified are main thoroughfares into the borough.