Sound aftercare of sowings and management of sites, using ecological principles to work with nature, is the key to obtaining diverse, interesting and sustainable results.

Sowing seed on a prepared site is only the first stage in a process of transforming ground from bare soil to an established plant community. Sowing seed does not on its own determine the final outcome. Experienced practitioners will have noticed that sowing the same seed mixture on different sites frequently produces quite varied outcomes.

The two main factors which shape and control the development, structure and species balance of each sowing are:

Nature: the soil, local climate and other ecological processes and interactions
Site management: its type and intensity

The advice we offer tries to use observations from nature to find the best way for these to work together. The advice is presented for each of the main habitat types in which seed may be sown:

· Meadows and grassland
· Wetlands and pond margins
· Woodland and hedgerow vegetation
· Cornfield annuals

Management objectives

In practice the objectives of individual schemes vary considerably. In our management advice we have presented a range of options and choices which can be taken and tailored to match local circumstances both for biodiversity and habitat objectives, as well as real world considerations of budget, manpower and equipment availability.

Please contact us if you need further advice or guidance for your scheme.