Plant a patch for Pollinators

Gilfach Fargoed Primary School pupils

Schools are being encouraged to create a patch within their school grounds for pollinators, such as bees. The project involves the schools receiving a free talk/ workshop on pollinators and having free wildflower seeds for the creation of a wildflower patch.

The wildflower patch can be any size from 1m2 to 10m2, with some schools creating a number of wildflower patches in their grounds.

With the decline in our pollinators, ‘Plant a Patch for Pollinators’ aims to deliver action on the ground benefiting pollinators and biodiversity. There are around 1,500 pollinators in the UK, which are responsible for providing us with fruit and vegetables. Worldwide they are also responsible for approximately three-quarters of global food crop.

By creating pollinator patches, schools are providing pollinators with a food source. As well as developing colourful wildflower patches in their grounds, they are also helping pollinators in their plight.

If pollinators went into steep decline, our countryside would be a less beautiful place, as pollinators are essential for biodiversity and our wider environment.

‘Plant a Patch for Pollinators’ is a project being run by the Caerphilly Countryside and Landscape section and Sustainable Development Team in partnership with Julian Rees from POLLEN8 CYMRU, funded by the Caerphilly Environment Quality project fund.

Cllr Ken James Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said: “This scheme is a brilliant way of encouraging young people to create habitats for pollinators, which are vitally important to our eco system”.

Julian Rees from Pollen8 Cymru said: “It is wonderful to be part of the 'Plant a Patch for Pollinators' initiative for schools across Caerphilly. I have witnessed a tremendous enthusiasm from pupils across the county to learn more about bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The planting of native wildflowers will provide habitat to many insect species over the coming months and shows an active/ positive commitment to the Welsh Assembly Action for Pollinators through the Wales Biodiversity Partnership”