Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent wildflower meadow plans unveiled

Plans to turn eight sites in Stoke-on-Trent into wildflower meadows have been revealed.

The city council is to stop cutting grass in some areas to save money.

Hundreds of people have taken part in a consultation on the proposals, which included planting wildflowers on a recreation field in Meir Park.

People living nearby petitioned against the idea and the council said it had adjusted its plans for that particular area.

The authority has said it would ensure there was still space for children to play at Meir Park.

Changes to the initial plans, between the council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, for two other areas - Brookwood Drive, Meir and Bradeley Fields - have also been made.

Bernadette Noake, from the wildlife trust, said: "We had some fantastic feedback from residents... we also received concerns from some people about the plans.

"As a result we have made some changes to our original proposals as we want to have the backing of the local community for this project."

Work to turn the eight sites into wildflower meadows will start in the next few weeks, the council said.

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