Riverside flower meadow, Talgarth

Riverside flower meadow, Talgarth

This section of the west bank of the river Enig was planted with wildflower seeds in September 2020 by the community group On The Verge Talgarth.

The group's aim is to preserve, maintain and create wildlife habitats in the Talgarth area, starting with a five-year plan to create wildflower areas using sustainable methods and seeds of indigenous plants. Many of the plant species were chosen because they attract pollinating insects and provide "corridors" for invertebrates to move between sites. See below for a list of the seeds planted in 2020.

The river Enig is central to Talgarth, physically and culturally. Its waters power the restored mill near here.

The river’s name is probably an imperfect form of Brenig. The earliest reference appears to be that given by the scholar and topographer John Leland c.1538 as Brennik. There are similar river-names in the old counties of Cardigan, Pembroke and Denbigh which probably contain brân, meaning ‘a crow’, with the common suffix –ig. The name probably means “river which is dark like a crow” or “river which dips and weaves like a crow’.

Enig – shown as Ennig on recent OS maps – probably developed from the name of the house Aberbrenig (Aber Brennik c.1538) at the confluence (aber) of this river and Afon Llynfi. In colloquial pronunciation the “br” was dropped because of its similarity to the “ber”, and the house, located on what is now Bronllys Road, is recorded in 1798 and 1842 as Aberenig and in 1833 as Aber-enig.

With thanks to Richard Morgan, of the Welsh Place-Name Society, for river-name information

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Footnotes: Plants sown here in September 2020

Flowers: Achillea millefolium (Yarrow); Centaurea nigra (Common Knapweed); Daucus carota (Wild Carrot); Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw); Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious); Leontodon hispidus (Rough Hawkbit); Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy or Moon Daisy); Malva moschata (Musk Mallow); Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain); Poterium sanguisorba or  Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet); Primula veris (Cowslip); Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal);  Ranunculus acris (Meadow Buttercup); Rhinanthus minor (Yellow Rattle); Rumex acetosa (Common Sorrel).

Grasses: Agrostis capillaris (Common Bent); Cynosurus cristatus (Crested Dogstail); Festuca rubra (Slender-creeping Red-fescue); Phleum bertolonii (Smaller Cat's-tail); Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked Meadow-grass).