Polytunnel to help Bannockburn’s wildflowers bloom
20 Apr 2016
Stirling’s Borestone Primary has joined forces with the National Trust for Scotland on a project to grow the number of native wildflowers around the charity’s Bannockburn site this spring. A polytunnel where wildflowers will be grown was erected in the grounds of the primary school by a team of volunteers.
The project is 50 per cent funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and also has the support of Stirling’s Low Carbon Future.
Native plants, including Common Knapweed, Red Campion, Oxeye Daisy, Ragged-Robin, Selfheal and Yarrow, will be ‘propagated’ in polytunnels and used to create a wildflower meadow at the site which commemorates the 1314 battle between the armies of Robert the Bruce and Edward II.
The meadow will improve the biodiversity of the area, attracting more bees, insects, birds and wildlife to the area says the conservation charity. Community Ranger at the Battle of Bannockburn experience, Lyndsay Sutton said:
“Borestone Primary already have lots of great growing projects on the go, so we thought it would be brilliant to borrow their green fingers to help get our wildflower project off the ground.
“Wildflowers play an important part in nature, providing food for lots of different insects, birds and animals. They are much less abundant across Scotland than they once were. Although we don’t know exactly how this landscape looked in the 14th century, it is safe to say that there would have been many more wildflowers than there are currently.
“We’ll be bringing a touch of nature back to the site and giving visitors a new element to explore out with the award-winning visitor centre and commemorative monuments. And we will be doing our bit to make sure that our young people grow up knowing more about our native wildflowers and why they are important for the environment in Stirling and in Scotland.”