AB8 Florisically Enhanced Field Margin
This long-term, perennial mix is compliant with the 2021 CSS stewardship scheme requirements for AB8, containing at least 4 grass species and a robust inclusion of 10 perennial wildflowers (the mix includes 2kgs per ha of wild flowers in relation to the sowing rate). br> br>The mix is centered around proven long term, perennial wild flower species, allowing the mix to be topped or cut repeatedly in year one for weed control, while ensuring the wild flowers in the mix will persist for the full 5 year scheme or longer. br> 2021 Agreements Onwards
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|certified slender creeping red fescue||15.0||0.150|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||20.0||0.200|
|certified red/chewings fescue||25.0||0.250|
|certified sheeps fescue||25.0||0.250|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.5||0.015|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||1.5||0.015|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||0.5||0.005|
|native red clover||1.0||0.010|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||2.8||0.028|
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)||0.3||0.003|
|White Campion (Silene latifolia)||0.3||0.003|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||0.4||0.004|
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)||0.3||0.003|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||0.5||0.005|
|Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)||0.4||0.004|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||0.4||0.004|
|Betony (Stachys officinalis)||0.3||0.003|
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.
Once establsihed musk mallow can be a robust plant, that is prolific on fertile soils, rich in nitrogen.
Native Red Clover
Native red clover, sometimes known as Essex or indigenous red clover, is a native variety to the UK. Generally this variety is smaller and lower yielding than an agriculturally bred strain, but with a longer lifespan. Despite being lower yielding than some varieties, it is notably early to flower, often seen from April to May.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.
Slender Creeping Red Fescue
This densely tufted or mat forming species has a creeping growth habit, sending out rhizomes. It can form a close turf with bristle like, dark green, glossy leaves. It has uses in agricultural and amenity situations.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
This is a common perennial species that flowers late into the season, with tiny disticnt white or pink flowers. The latin 'milfoil' means a thousand leaves and refers to the tiny divide segments of the feathery leaves.