As part of the Torbay’s Buzzing! pollinator project, Buglife and staff and volunteers from Torre Abbey are planting “Trees for Bees” on Monday 12th December.
A small cider apple orchard will be created by planting traditional Devon varieties of apple trees at Torre Valley South in Torquay. The apple blossom will provide a boost of spring pollen and nectar for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects, and in the autumn there will be apples for the local community to enjoy.
Joanne Gilvear, Torbay’s Buzzing Officer at Buglife said: “This area will spring to life with the addition of apple trees and all the wildlife that they will attract”.
Councillor Ray Hill, Chairman of Torbay Council, said: “It’s great that this unused space can be turned into an asset for wildlife and people.”
Torbay’s Buzzing! is helping insect pollinators by filling Torbay’s parks and green spaces with wildflowers. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Torbay Council, Torbay’s Buzzing! is transforming areas of mown grass from green deserts into havens for wildlife and people; creating “pollinator cafes” and planting “Trees for Bees”.
Picture Anthophoria plumipes (c) Ryan Clark