Seed project seeks help with plants

S44505H14 ''The Duke of Burgundy project launch at the Wiston Estate SUS-141030-162758001
S44505H14 ''The Duke of Burgundy project launch at the Wiston Estate SUS-141030-162758001
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GREEN fingered supporters are needed for the Dukes of Steyning Cowslip Project.

The aim is to create a habitat for the threatened Duke of Burgundy butterfly on the Steyning Downland Scheme.

Cowslip and primrose seeds will be propagated then planted out next year, as the Duke of Burgundy lays its eggs on these plants and they are essential to its survival.

Volunteers are sought to collect seeds and grow them on, ready for planting out. A training day will be held at Wakehurst Place on Wednesday, June 10, to explain more about the process.

The free training day, from 10am to 4pm, will include seed collection, storage, propagation and restoration techniques. Exact times and programme to be confirmed.

Seed collection day will be held on Thursday, June 25, and Thursday, July 30. Email Sarah Quantrill at sdsvolunteers@gmail.com or visit www.steyningdownland.org for more information.