The 4th Corner Soft Landscaping team visited Kendrick Homes’ Banbury Site in January. We were tasked with planting trees and wildflowers to enhance biodiversity.
We planted a variety of tree species, including:
- Betula Pendula (Silver Birch)
- Carpinus Betulus (Common Hornbeam)
- Carpinus Betulus Frans Fontaine (Hornbeam ‘Frans Fontaine’)
- Crataegus x Prunifolia (Broad Leaved Cockspur Thorn)
- Malux Cox Orange Pippin (Cox Apple)
- Malus Discovery (Discovery Apple)
- Malus John Downie (Flowering Crab Apple)
- Prunus Avium (Wild Cherry)
- Pyrus Communis (Common Pear)
- Quercus Robur (English Oak)
- Sorbus Aucuparia (Mountain Ash)
- Tilia Cordata (Small-leaved Lime)
Varities such as the Broad Leaved Cockspur Thorn (Crataegus x Prunifolia) develop white flowers in the spring which give way to red hips by autumn. This tree is a popular choice for bird lovers. The green summer foliage turns a vivid yellow through to red in the autumn before leaf fall.
Fruit trees like the pear, apple, and cherry trees that have been planted here are an incredibly valuable resource for people and wildlife. They produce free, nutritious food and provide a habitat for many species of birds, mammals and insects. They also help to recovery biodiversity loss by encouraging wildlife to feed and settle nearby.
We also planted a variety of wildflowers and grasses, including:
- Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)
- Anthyllis Vulneraria (Kidney Vetch)
- Betonica Officinalis (Betony)
- Centaurea Nigra (Common Knapweed)
- Cruciata Laevipes (Crosswort)
- Cynoglossum Officinale (Hound’s-tongue)
- Daucus Carota (Wild Carrot)
- Echium Vulgare (Viper’s-bugloss)
- Galium Verum (Lady’s Bedstraw)
- Hippocrepis Comosa (Horseshoe Vetch)
- Leontodon Hispidus (Rough Hawbit)
- Leucanthemum Vulgare (Moon Daisy)
- Lotus Corniculatus (Bird’s-foot Trefoil)
- Malva Moschata (Musk Mallow)
- Medicago Lupulina (Black Medick)
- Plantago Lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain)
- Poterium Sanguisorba (Salad Burnet)
- Ranunculus Bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup)
- Rhinanthus Minor (Yellow Rattle)
- Rumex Acetosella (Sheep’s Sorrel)
- Silene Vulgaris (Bladder Campion)
Flowers like Yarrow act as a nutrient-dense mulch for depleted soil, have medicinal properties for wildlife, and attract beneficial insects, such as the braconid wasp.
Pollinating insects love knapweed as it improves the quality of their nectar. As well as supporting bees, butterflies and beetles, its seeds provide food for many birds.
At 4th Corner, we care deeply about the environment and improving biodiversity in the UK. Since 2012, we have made planting for biodiversity a central theme in all our planting and landscaping projects.
We now offer all our clients simple cost-effective ways to improve the biodiversity of their sites through our Biodiversity Packs. We have developed our Biodiversity Packs to engage people with nature and to enhance and protect our landscapes.
We hope that these simple additions will help our Property Managers, CLO’s and Resident Committee’s make the most of their gardens and grounds, for the benefit of residents and the native wildlife.
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