Biodiversity – Cosmos and Sunflowers

You may have noticed the beautiful field of cosmos by Tunzi’s stables and sunflowers and cosmos on your right just after you come in the East Gate.

At Fairview Estates, we’re committed to promoting biodiversity, and one effective way to achieve this is by incorporating cosmos and sunflowers into your seed mixes. These vibrant flowers are more than just pretty faces—they offer numerous benefits to our farmland.

Cosmos and sunflowers are excellent for attracting a variety of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. These pollinators play a crucial role in the ecosystem by helping plants reproduce. A healthy pollinator population ensures that crops are pollinated effectively, leading to better yields.

Both cosmos and sunflowers have deep root systems that help break up compacted soil. This allows water and nutrients to penetrate more easily, improving overall soil health. Their roots also add organic matter to the soil as they decompose, enriching it with essential nutrients.

These flowers act as natural pest repellents. Cosmos attract beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, which prey on common pests that can damage crops. Sunflowers, on the other hand, can serve as a trap crop, drawing pests away from more valuable plants.

Beyond their ecological benefits, cosmos and sunflowers add aesthetic value to Fairview Estates. Their bright blooms make our drives, rides, runs and walks happier 😉 Plus, sunflowers can be harvested for seeds and oil – if anyone wants to give it a go!