Bees Needs': West Midlands case studies
Newcastle-under-Lyme in Bloom, Staffordshire
A former RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finalist, winner of the RHS Britain in Bloom Wild About Gardens award in 2017 and joint winner in 2018.
In 2018, the volunteer-led group stepped up its efforts to help wildlife with a particular focus on pollinators and butterflies. Its volunteers developed a wildlife garden within Brampton Park with three main sections – a wild pond area, a shady woodland border and a butterfly and bee garden. Volunteers were assisted by a local nursery as well as beekeepers in planting and designing the space.
Public events are held to educate the community about the need to protect pollinators and signs next to wildlife gardens use a QR code that links through to suitable plants to support bees on the RHS website.
This community group’s ambitious Patchwork Meadow project saw fellow community groups, schools and residents create 200 new individual mini meadows with provided kits and instructions. The meadows were then grown and installed together on a grassy bank adjacent to a busy road, visible to passing traffic and walkers, with signage helping to explain the project and what people can do to help bees.