A project to support the survival of struggling pollinating insect populations, such as butterflies and bees, has been launched by County Durham-based Climate Action North.
Pollinator Parks, brings volunteers together to plant British native ‘pollinator-friendly’ wildflowers on business land that may otherwise go unused. The first site is a meadow lawn area and in two flowerbeds behind the BIC’s Jupiter Centre in Sunderland.
A raft of scientific evidence has shown that insect numbers around the world are undergoing alarming rates of decline, with bees, ants and beetles disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.
Climate North East Action Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, said: “Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects are vital contributors to the beauty of our landscapes, our economy and our £100 billion food industry. The functions performed by pollinating insects is believed to be worth £690 million each year to the UK’s economy alone.
“The implications of losing this variety of pollinating insects will disrupt the web of life that supports us so it’s vital that we take action now and rewild outdoor areas to introduce safe havens for them.”
The Pollinator Park project introduces ‘pollinator-friendly’ wildflowers including Red Campion, Moth Mullien, Primrose, Oxeye Daisy, Basil, and Dandelion to create a sustainable environment for the struggling insect populations.
Volunteer groups are led by project delivery partner Phil Macari of Wildcraft, and the planting session last just a few hours with after-care instructions provided.
Managing Director, Sharon Lashley, said: “Pollinator Parks is a superb example of small-scale rewilding and demonstrates how we can practically support and care for our wildlife, and repair the broken ecosystems. We’re proud to help communities, schools and businesses by delivering a wide range of activities around rewilding, climate change, sustainability, outdoor education, and learning. Our team are passionate experts in their field and completely driven to achieve our objectives.”
Climate Action North East aim to work with 20 business parks across the North East of England during 2019 and will be establishing pollinator gardens across the region in the coming year. To register your interest with the Pollinator Park Project please email Sharon.