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peweukpeweuk Posts: 34
Outside our front door there is an attenuation pond into which 'storm' water is pumped in times of heavy rain.
The management company have said although they had the area strimmed in the past, they are now going to allow the growth to develop rather than strim or tidy it as there are a large number of 'plants' to attract wildlife.
As far as we, and our neighbours, are concerned it is just an untidy area overgrown with weeds.

Can anyone identify any plants worth keeping in any of these pics?



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,726
    I'm sorry peweuk but I agree with the management company. Those wild flowers will provide food and habitat for invertebrates and I would keep them all. Each to his own.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,858
    I agree with @Ladybird4 ... there are loads of native plants there that will provide important food resources for lots of important invertebrates and pollinators.  

    Absolutely great that your management company are working with nature 😃  particularly today when we’re learning that so many species are likely to become extinct if mankind continue to behave with so little understanding of the environment  we live in ... so many just keep mowing to produce a virtually sterile greensward. 😢 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489
    The pink flower could be Cardamine Pratensis, ladies smock.

    SW Scotland
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,858
    The meadows behind us used to be covered with Ladysmock and butterflies ... then the farmer spread fertiliser and the ladysmocks all died 😢 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FireFire Posts: 18,949
    edited May 2019
    You can dig out the docks and thistles, if you have a mind. You'll get young trees starting before long, I would imagine.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,305
    I wish i had that behind my house. I agree with the management company but probably for different reasons i.e. Non financial😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Better that out your back than housing. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    Don't know how anyone is expected to identify anything from those pictures 
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    edited May 2019
    I have to agree with other's I think its a great idea we have so little space for wildlife and fawner now every little bit that can be used should be.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    If you were an insect, invertebrate or small mammal you’d think these were plants worth keeping!   Give it a while to settle down and you should get an interesting natural area. Of course the management company will still need to do some maintenance and litter clearance, and if they do it right it will look nice.   
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