Bee-friendly town is creating a buzz

By Connie Osborne Friday 11 April 2014 Updated: 11/04 09:37

ALCESTER has officially become the first bee-friendly town in Warwickshire.

Town councillors voted unanimously to approve a proposal by the environmental sub-committee to increase the declining bee population within and around Alcester last Tuesday (April 1).

As the Standard reported in July last year residents were encouraged to plant more bee-friendly flowers to support the project, while wild flowers seeds were sown in Jubilee Fields.

St Benedict’s Catholic High School has also agreed to provide a small area of its grounds to increase wildlife, while mowing grass less frequently and creating green corridors which connect wildlife are all measures which can benefit the bee population.

More flower beds have now been approved by the group where native wild flowers will be sown courtesy of Friends of the Earth and wild poppy seeds will be planted around the town to commemorate The Great War, including by Alcester’s health centre.

Coun Nina Knapman, chair of the Environmental sub-committee, said the committee had three main objectives for the campaign including increasing people’s awareness of harmful pesticides and plants which provide little or no nourishment for bees.

Bee World trails will also be created to encourage people to get outside and enjoy walking.

E-mail nina@hardy9724.freeserve.co.uk for more information or to become involved with the campaign.

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