Brilliant butterflies project

Brilliant butterflies is a partnership between London Wildlife Trust,  Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation, funded by a Dream Fund Award, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

As part of the brilliant butterflies project, idverde and Bromley Council are working together with local communities to create new chalk grassland habitat for butterflies and other wildlife.  New habitat in local greenspaces can help reverse the dramatic decline in insect populations and provide colourful wildflowers and wildlife for people to enjoy. 

The local community, living around Leaves Green Common, was consulted on the extent of grassland meadow.  The consultation letter was distributed to those residences around the Common and also included Leaves Green Road, Ashmore Lane, Milking Lane and Blackness Lane. 

44 replies to the consultation were received and the following votes registered:

A: Option 1 (approximately 5m strip of grassland meadow alongside the roadside bunds/banks) – 10 votes

B: Option 2 (three larger areas of grassland meadow) – 33 votes

C: No preference for one option over another – 1 vote

Therefore, we will pursue the establishment of three larger areas of grassland meadow, which will also be the most beneficial to butterflies and other invertebrates. 

Thank you to everyone that voted. 

We also wish to thank the Leaves Green and Keston Vale Residents’ Association and the Blackness Lane Residents’ Association for helping us distribute the consultation letter and providing us with their local knowledge. 

We will commence changes to the mowing regimes shortly, in line with the project details.