Wildflower plants to be planted in April
Dalton Park Outlet Shopping destination in County Durham has announced plans for the transformation of part of its outdoor area into an ‘ecological oasis’, with the help of Climate Action North, a community interest organisation.
Over 250 wildflower plants suitable for bees, butterflies and birds will be planted at the east entrance to the centre on the 2nd April. It is the first in a planned series of phases to create outdoor spaces at Dalton Park to help a wide range of species thrive and flourish.
Jerry Hatch, centre manager at Dalton Park, said: “We have a responsibility to nurture biodiversity and here at Dalton Park we’re helping to do that by creating safe spaces for a wide range of species to flourish. These meadows will be a colourful, welcoming and attractive landscape for our customers, hardworking staff and retailers to enjoy.”
Climate Action North’s managing director, Sharon Lashley, said: “Dalton Park is the first retail park in the North to be introducing a wildflower meadow and we’re delighted to be supporting this important work. Wildflower meadows act as habitats for pollinator insects, such as bees and butterflies, whose functions are estimated to be worth £690 million each year to the UK’s economy alone. It’s crucial that we take action and rewild outdoor areas to introduce safe havens for them.”