A garden in Helston has become one of only a few public parks in the country to be officially recognised with a national plaque.

The wildflower meadow at Coronation Park has been created by South Kerrier Alliance.

It has now been formally recognised with the award of a plaque by the National Garden Scheme.

One of only 44 projects in the UK to be supported with funding by the scheme's Community Gardens Award, the plaque was presented by Christopher Harvey Clark, county organiser for the scheme in Cornwall.

The flower meadow has been established to provide a home for wildlife and demonstrate how re-wilding can be achieved in people's own gardens also.

The area selected for planting has proven to be very wet in the winter and dry during summer, so wild flowers were the ideal choice to cope with the difficult conditions that other planting would not tolerate.

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Christopher Harvey Clark presents David Turnbull with a plaque

David Turnbull, a director of SKA, said: “Thanks to funding from the National Garden Scheme, wildflower turf supplied by Cormac Ltd and a lot of hard work by South Kerrier Alliance staff and volunteers, the new wild flower meadow is looking fantastic and should provide another great reason for everyone to enjoy a visit to Coronation Park."

Mr Harvey Clark, from the National Garden Scheme, praised all of the work that had taken place in the park over the last two years.

He said: “It is rare for the NGS to make an award to a public park, but the work done by the SKA team and their supporters has made Coronation Park such a wonderful amenity for Helston."

He also commended the ‘Incredible Edible’ garden, currently under construction in the park, which is being installed by Helston Climate Action Group with the support of SKA.

Also attending the presentation event was Melissa Ralph, representing Cornwall Council and Helston Climate Action Group.

The Climate Action Group presented the wild flower meadow with a blue heart sign, launching The Blue Campaign in Helston. The Blue Campaign promotes re-wilding of gardens, parks and other patches of land.

The campaign is spreading nationally, as people recognise the value of land managed for wildlife, marking these chosen places with a blue heart to spread the message.