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Saturday, April 26, 2014
A bank of wildflowers will be brightening up a popular cliff-face walkway this summer following a community seed sowing event in Southwold today.
More than 40 volunteers armed with rakes helped to plant a cornfield seed mix at the recently reopened Ladies Walk footpath.
Poppies from the First World War battlefield at Flanders were also sown to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict this year.
The initiative was organised by Southwold Town Council, which bought the seeds and top soil for the cliff-face.
Sue Allen, chairman of the town council’s leisure and environment working group, said: “It went very well. We had about 40 or 50 people turn up and, despite the weather, we managed to get the seeds in to the earth.
“The wind was really blowing quite hard on the beach this morning and we were rewarded for our efforts with a hot drink from Mark Bryant’s kiosk on the promenade.”
She added: “Thank you to all the people who came and helped. It was a good morning with a nice community atmosphere.”
The first flowers are expected to appear in the summer. A perennial mix of seeds, which includes grasses, will be sown in the Autumn to help retain the soil.