22nd August 2013
Buglife and The Co-operative Plan Bee campaign have launched a new Community Meadow pack – designed to help and inspire local communities to do their bit to help our bees, butterflies and other wildlife by growing their own wildflower meadows.
Rupert Goddard, Buglife Project Officer said “Growing a Community Meadow is a great way to create a buzz in your local area.”
“Creating a meadow full of wildflower colour and the sounds of summer is a great way to bring people together to do something that can make a real difference to our wildlife.”
“But starting a Community Meadow project can seem daunting, so we have created this website and information pack to make it easier to find the right information, and to support and inspire more people to get involved.”
John Atkinson, Environment Adviser at The Co-operative Group said “We have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows since the 1930s, which has had a serious impact on our pollinators. This Community Meadow pack will enable communities to come together to create an aesthetically pleasing piece of public land which also provides much needed habitat for our under pressure pollinator populations.”
Rupert added “Bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other insect pollinators have declined in recent times, mainly due to a lack of wildflowers in our countryside. By planting new Community Meadows we can provide these essential insects and other wildlife with a place to live and thrive.”
To download a copy of the pack visit the Buglife website www.buglife.org.uk