RhinosUp meadow in Coleridge Rec would help save endangered species

PUBLISHED: 11:47 21 October 2017

Frankie Benstead, 6 who is trying to save the white rhino, seen here with Martin Aveling at Wandlebury Country Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

Frankie Benstead, 6 who is trying to save the white rhino, seen here with Martin Aveling at Wandlebury Country Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

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A colourful meadow of annual flowers is in plans for Coleridge Rec, with a slight twist.

Cambridge City Council is consulting on a proposal to establish a colourful meadow of annual flowers on the Coleridge Rec next summer.

An added element of this proposal is to work with the ‘RhinosUp’ project, to support local boy Frankie Benstead raise money to help save the northern white Rhino from extinction. Frankie, aged 6 and 3/4 said: “I called my project RhinosUp because I want to create a flowerbed in the shape of a northern White Rhino planted with bee friendly flowers. I want the flowers to come Up, and the rhinos to come Up from the dead”

The pictorial meadow mix combines both native and non-native flowers to provide months of colour for people and wildlife to enjoy.

The mixes were successfully trialled at the Coleridge Road entrance and other parks in 2017, and proved very popular with local people, as well as pollinating insects, including butterflies and bumblebees.

The consultation ends on December 1. Residents can have their say online.

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