Nature reserve to be established in Dalkeith

Taking a break with Chief Ranger Alan Krumholds are some of the volunteers who teamed up to rake-in seed which itis hoped will lead to a profusion of wild flowers at Ironmills Park, Dalkeith.
Taking a break with Chief Ranger Alan Krumholds are some of the volunteers who teamed up to rake-in seed which itis hoped will lead to a profusion of wild flowers at Ironmills Park, Dalkeith.

Nature conservation experts have welcomed a bid to establish a wildflower meadow friendly to birds, bees and butterflies in Dalkeith.

The site is in Ironmills Park, gifted by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch on their wedding anniversary to the people of Dalkeith in 1909.

If successful, it is hoped the venture will give way to spring and summer blooms that might help mitigate the threat to pollinators posed by habitat loss elsewhere.

Scouts and Rotarians were among around 80 volunteers who teamed up with Midlothian Ranger Service to rake-in seed on ground prepared for the purpose on the north side of the park at the foot of the ‘big woods’ and by the River North Esk within sight of the Glenesk Viaduct – used extensively by cyclists, walkers and joggers,

Varieties such as cow parsley, foxglove, cornflower, trefoil and poppy were used to cover more than 1,500 square metres.

Read full story in the May 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.