In just under 100 years the UK has lost 7.5 million acres, 97% of wildflower meadow and flower-rich grassland. 1400 insect species rely on wildflowers for survival. Insect pollinators help increase crops and fight against crop pests. They help maintain a healthy ecosystem and have made a significant contribution to modern medicine. Meadow areas absorb carbon dioxide and also help capture & filter out different pollutants from the atmosphere.
In 2012, HRH The Prince of Wales called for action to ‘turn the tide’ on the fate of UK Wildflower meadows.
In the autumn of 2021, The Friends of Romiley Park began preparations for a wildflower meadow.