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Wildflower glory ready to make a grand entrance

Work is starting shortly to prepare the way for the spectacular annual display of wildflowers across Swansea.

Almost 180 sites across the city including roundabouts, roadside verges and parks due to burst into bloom by the middle of June.

Swansea Council's Parks and Cleansing Service will begin preparing the areas targeted for the seeds to be sown in the next couple of weeks.

More than 41,000 square metres of wild flowers - equivalent to about seven football pitches in size - will then be planted next month and in May

Since it started the wildflower scheme has grown and grown, attracting praise from residents and visitors alike.

There will be some changes with some sites left without flowers to regenerate and other new sites added.

The wild flowers scheme is funded by Swansea Council with contributions from local Councillors and some town and community councils.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: "The wild flowers scheme has been extremely popular with residents and visitors since being first introduced a few years ago, so I'm pleased to say preparations have now started for their return this summer.

"It's a terrific scheme because it raises people's spirits, improves the look of the city and boosts biodiversity by attracting more bees and other pollinators to urban areas.

"A lot of work goes into the scheme each year and we are confident this will pay-off again."

Some of the funding for the scheme comes from sponsorship by local communities, ward members and businesses and Cllr Thomas said: "The level of community support for the scheme is excellent. The fact that councillors, businesses and other organisations are willing to support it just proves its popularity."

The council also works in partnership with the Friends of the Botanical Gardens, who sell the seeds during their plant sale events.

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