The success of the project at Wheeldon Copse led to several other major ‘Forest of Flowers’ projects being launched across the country.
Landlife has, over the past 30 years, developed the idea of Creative Conservation – the creation of new places from scratch where wildlife can flourish and which people can enjoy.
This idea was in evidence at Wheeldon Copse, where schoolchildren from Alvanley Primary School sowed wildflower seeds, including poppies and blue cornflowers, in October 2003, at the start of the project.
These and other annuals are supported by many perennials, and both underpin the 6,500 trees which were planted at the same time, and which are now standing tall above the flowers.
Mr Kirwin explained that the natural look of the trees on the site had contributed to its “huge success”, and he added that local people had remarked that the site was now reminiscent of how Cheshire had looked in the past.
To find out more about Wheeldon Copse and Thorn Wood, and to get directions, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk