Cambridge University's gardeners work on the next stage of biodiversity wildflower meadow

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Gardeners at the world famous King's College at Cambridge University have been able to watch their new wildflower meadow flourish in one of its historic lawns due to the pandemic.

The new 'eco meadow' was planted back in October to boost biodiversity, and the time has now come for it to be mowed and turned into bales.

The meadow in King's College in Cambridge was planted to boost biodiversity. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Once the bails are actually all in and secure as you can see, then we will be offering them to other colleges within the university because they still contain a huge amount of wildflower seed.

Steve Coghill, head gardener

The college's gardens committee had to formally approve the plan to turn part of the lawn into a meadow, and it has been hailed a great success for the gardening team.

Gardeners from nearby Trinity College have been helping out with their baling machine. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Gardeners from Trinity College have been helping out with their baling machine and the college hopes that cutting the meadow back should encourage more wildflowers to grow.

It's been very well recieved both by the collage and actually round the country so we are very pleased for the reception. Some people would like to extend this to the whole of the bag lawn, that might take a little longer but we look forward to it developing.

Michael Proctor Provost, King's College
Students haven't been able to see the meadow due to the pandemic. Credit: ITV News Anglia