London Borough of Brent is building a bee corridor in time for summer 2019. This is thanks to 22 wildflower meadows that are being sown in some of the borough’s best-loved parks and open spaces.
A recent study showed a huge drop in the number of pollinating insects across the UK since the 1980s. Researchers believe the loss of wild habitats has played a large part in this, with more than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows disappearing since the Second World War. Many butterflies, bees, dragonflies and moths rely on these flowers to thrive.
To help halt the decline in biodiversity, Brent Council is sowing a number of urban meadows which together will form a ‘bee corridor’ across the borough. Veolia park teams are in the process of ploughing special plots that have been picked as meadow areas. Once the ground is ready, seeds including ragged robin, cowslip and common poppy are sown to encourage more visits from pollinating insects.
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said:
“Bees and other insects are so important for pollinating the crops that provide the food that we eat. We must do all we can to help them to thrive. I’m proud of Brent’s commitment to boost biodiversity in the borough and look forward to seeing the meadows in full bloom in just a few months’ time.”