AB8 Floristically Enhanced Field Margin
This long-term, perennial mix is compliant with the 2021 Countryside Stewardship scheme (CSS) requirements for the AB8 option, containing at least 4 grass species and a robust inclusion of over 10 perennial wildflowers (this mix has the robust inclusion of 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 smaller catstail||5.0||0.050|
|certified crested dogstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified slender creeping red fescue||10.0||0.100|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||15.0||0.150|
|certified sheeps fescue||20.0||0.200|
|certified chewings/red fescue||25.0||0.250|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||1.5||0.015|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.0||0.010|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||1.0||0.010|
|native red clover||1.0||0.010|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||1.0||0.010|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||1.3||0.013|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||1.0||0.010|
|Red Campion (Silene dioica)||0.6||0.006|
|Musk Mallow (Malva moschata)||0.5||0.005|
|White Campion (Silene latifolia)||0.5||0.005|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||0.4||0.004|
|Meadow Buttercup (Ranunclus acris) wildflower||0.3||0.003|
|Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) wildflower||0.2||0.002|
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
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.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
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.
Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy
A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.
Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.