Pollinators around the world are in severe decline, and they desperately need our help. Different species such as bees and hover flies collect nectar and pollen from a variety of flowers, and they require a constant supply of these throughout the year.
By creating a ‘corridor’ of plants from which they can forage, we can ensure that they never go hungry, no matter what the season. Our gardens provide the perfect opportunity to do this. By swapping pollinator-friendly plants amongst ourselves, we can build the ultimate pollinator highway, street by street.
On June 27th 2021, members of Wilderhood Watch went into each others’ gardens to share tips on how to grow a meadow. We visited meadows on Harpenden, Seymour and Lancaster roads, as well as stopping by our Lancaster Rd Buzz Stop. Long grass is an essential habitat for many invertebrates, and the wildflowers blooming within it provide much needed pollen and nectar for pollinators.We found that the long grass looked stunning when its edges were clearly defined by native borders or shorter grass. Pathways of shorter grass through the meadows were another beautiful feature.
Hilary demonstrated weaving a willow fence around her meadow to create a border between long and short grass.
For an even greater impact on the wildlife population in our gardens, try a bit of rewilding. The Blue Campaign is encouraging us all to let our lawns grow long, leave corners of our gardens undisturbed and to avoid using chemicals. They then suggest putting up a blue heart sign to let our neighbours know what we’re up to. A perfect talking point to start creating a pollinator highway along your street! If you have a grass verge, try putting one up there too, so that the contractors know not to mow.
Pollinator Highway Projects
- Lancaster and Gurney Court Roads
- Bernards Heath: Warwick Road
- Bernards Heath: Culver Road
- St Albans City Centre
- Buzz Stops
- Bernards Heath Junior School
- Bernards Heath: Boundary Road
- Oaklands Apiary
- Bernards Heath: Heath Rd and Walton St
This Wildlife Trust garden plan has lots of ideas on how to make your garden friendly for pollinators, as well as other animals.
A busy bee hotel in a Wilderhood Watch member’s garden