University and Plock Court
Riparian amelioration and habitat improvements
Plock Court and University Grounds
This area is being delivered by the University of Gloucestershire
There are 4 key areas to this site
- A: allotments footpath
- B/C: Plock Court Fields
- D: University Garden
- E: Business School Garden
Location of works
The meadow strip along the Wotton Brook at this location is now complete and is to be managed as a wildflower meadow. This will typically involve carrying out a late summer cut (hay-cut) once most flowers have bloomed. Additional tidy-up cuts may be carried out late autumn and spring.
In the first year, there was a stunning display of cornfield annual flowers including poppies, corncockles and cornflowers. These acted as a ‘nurse crop’, protecting the slower to establish, more subtle, perennial wildflowers. Over time, the perennial wildflowers should become increasingly diverse with species such as ox eye daisy, hawkbit and wild carrot, providing essential habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
Arising will continue to be deposited in discrete locations and will provide a useful habitat for slow worms and invertebrates. .
Area B/C - sections of Plock Court are in bloom this time of year and offering some fantastic sights for users. The following photographs refer to the section along the Wotton Brook in Plock Court.
Area A - works include improvement and fence repairs. In order to provide and improve natural habitat, native hedgerows have been planted where these works have been undertaken.
Area B/C - sees a significant change where the banks of the Wotton Brook have been cultivated in preparation for wildflower seeding. These areas will be seeded before the end of the year.
Area D - sees similar ground preparation with regards to wildflower seeding with additional works to provide a small wetland area adjacent to the Wotton Brook.
Area E - is being completed following phase 1 activity carried out earlier this year. The ground is in the process of being prepared for wildflower seeding.