The landscape bordering the A391 and its roundabouts are being transformed into a 6,000-metre flourishing Wildflower Corridor and Perennial Meadow Garden – the first of its kind in Cornwall, led by the Austell Project in partnership with Cornwall Council and the National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project.
The Perennial Meadow Garden is made using bespoke turf peppered with a mix of perennials and pollinators created by specialist horticulture experts, Pictorial Meadows especially for the site in St Austell.
Unseen anywhere else in the county, the unique mix of flora is designed to create a sustainable community of plants that support each other to offer a year-round floral bloom.
The plants which include St John’s Wort, Evening Primrose, Orange Hawkweed and Purple Coneflower amongst others – have also been hand selected, in addition to looking beautiful, as they are also particularly good for creating a biodiverse habitat attracting bees, butterflies and dragonflies.
The first buds will bloom in spring 2020 – creating a riot of colour along the gateway road into the town.
The design team for the Perennial Meadow Garden (which sits between Carthew roundabout to the Pinetum junction on the A391) – joins the Wildflower Corridor between Carludden and Carclaze roundabout) – is made up of award-winning local garden designer Darren Hawkes and Truro based Landscape Architects Meiloci.