Futures Forum: Keith Owen Fund: one million bulbs: community planting: reports
My opinions on the planting of bulbs:
- Yes, they do provide an early nectar source for insects, fresh vegetation for animals - but this should not occur anywhere where there may be the possibility of other native early nectar sources, due to competition.
- They are not of the native variety.
- The mass planting of any species should be avoided, for pest and disease issues.
- The source of the Cornish daffodils: they are grown here which is good for disease - but I have not seen that they are the native daffodil.
- We are lacking in native daffodils in this area, why not plant some of those? (This may be happening but I have not seen report of it...)
- May be overly attractive to insects, therefore avoiding other plants and leaving them un-pollinated, therefore unable to pass on their genes.
- This project seems, rather, to provide a spectacle for human enjoyment and to ease planting.
- Why not have planted a selection of bulbs rather than a mono-culture? Cost? Should we not be enhancing the biodiversity? I think that this is what Keith Owen would have had in mind. Surely the money could have been spent to produce a spectacle which also had a greater benefit to the biodiversity of the area?
See also: Futures Forum: Biodiversity in Sidmouth: "Is planting a million bulbs a 'good thing'?"