Residents across Eastbourne have enthusiastically welcomed the increase in colourful wildflower areas created by the council as part of its work to improve biodiversity.

Eastbourne Borough Council has recently received numerous messages of support and positive responses to its changes in mowing regimes.

One resident wrote: “The meadow flower displays in Eastbourne, particularly in Wilmington Square, are really wonderful.  There is such a variety of flowers and colours, they are so spectacular that it is a real pleasure to see them.  I suggest this is repeated next year, it is so good!”

Another message said: “I have to write to congratulate the council on allowing the natural beach side of the promenade to grow! It looks absolutely amazing – such a pleasure to walk along and see the great variety of plants. What an improvement to the seafront – I went along today and couldn’t stop taking photos, love it.”

Somebody else wrote: “Thank you so very much for NOT cutting the grass and various kerbs around the town and the parks to within an inch of their existence ……….it is so lovely to see the various wildflowers and poppies etc AND of course it is food for the bees and insects. Well done.”

Residents have also been liking and sharing social media posts from the council showing photographs of wildflower areas bursting with colour and buzzing with pollinators in the town’s green spaces and particularly at Ocklynge Cemetery.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet member for Climate Change, said:

“I am delighted that residents are enjoying these beautiful wildflowers, the creatures they attract, and are supporting our work to protect the local environment for the future.

“One of the actions we have taken is to change mowing regimes in green spaces such as park, verges and at Ocklynge Cemetery, and this has allowed wildflowers to grow, attracting more insects and providing them with the habitat they need to thrive.

“This new approach to grounds maintenance has given great results and it’s fantastic that people are doing the same in their own gardens.”

In 2019, the council declared a climate emergency and committed to deliver a carbon neutral town by 2030. 

Earlier this year, it published its Biodiversity Strategy and accompanying action plan to enable the council to work with the community in a coordinated way to support flourishing plant and animal life.

This builds on the council’s adoption of a pollinator strategy and pesticide policy two years ago.