Contributor: Judy Dunford
As the summer progresses the verges and other uncultivated areas become full of wild flowers. They are not organised, as in a garden, but grow where they will. There are over 200 separate species to be found in Orton Parish. Their diversity reflects the size of the parish and the variety of growing conditions found within the parish. Most of the species can be found on the verges and any not growing on the verges can be found on open access land. As the season progresses the seeds from the flowers and grasses ripen providing a food source for birds and small mammals to help them survive the winter. The roots of perennial plants also provide shelter for many small mammals. If we want the flowers to remain for future generations everyone must help to care for them and maintain an environment suitable for them to thrive.