Clifton Village has recently seen the introduction of a series of new multi-tiered planters developed to create new habitats for bees and other pollinators.
The planters have been designed, created in reclaimed wood and installed by Bristol carpenter Russell Henry of Hot Soup House.
As many pollinators such as bees and butterflies are in decline globally, with one of the main causes being the loss of habitat and flowers, this project has been developed as an opportunity to look for ways to raise awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators to our ecosystem and also to boost numbers of such pollinators.
A few tips for you to consider to make your garden or outdoor space into a bee-friendly area:-
– Every plant helps. Just one lavender in a pot is worth planting.
– Try to have a variety of plants to provide forage throughout the year.
– Free your garden from pesticides.
– Keep a pond or other water source for bees to drink from.
– Leave a wild area in your garden.
– Put up bee boxes to encourage solitary bees
You would be surprised how little space a beehive takes up, so if you are interested in finding out more about beekeeping, please contact Bristol Beekeepers – www.bristolbeekeepers.org.uk
Clifton Collective has been funded by BID Clifton Village and the local Neighbourhood Partnership.