Our aim is to make St Albans City Centre a far more friendly place for pollinators. To do this, we are collaborating with Denise Parsons and Vanessa Sharp from the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District), along with District Councillor Mandy McNeil to create a Pollinator Highway.
A team of Wilderhood Watch volunteers led by Amanda Yorwerth regularly tends the planters, and is happy to report many sightings of foraging pollinators, including bumblebees, honey bees and hoverflies.
Bees are now far more numerous in the city centre and are loving all our pollinator friendly planters. Here’s Wilderhood Watch member Jill doing a spot of weeding on her way back from town!
It is now Spring and the city centre planters look stunning! Such a collaborative effort, and amazing work from Amanda Yorwerth, who created the planting scheme and sourced all the plants.
On the 10th and 11th December 2020, volunteers from Wilderhood Watch helped St Albans BID to plant pollinator friendly plants in the area opposite the Clock Tower! Thank you to everyone who came along.
We are seeing so many bees in the City Centre now that there is a food source for them. It just shows how easy it is to make urban spaces wildlife-friendly too.
Take a look at the beautiful pollinator-friendly planters being installed in our City Centre! St Albans BID are responsible for the watering of the flowers, along with other community groups including Wilderhood Watch. Since these planters were installed, many St Albans businesses joined in by installing pollinator friendly flowers outside their stores. The Boot on Boot Alley has a stunning second storey display, and George Street is decorated with planters containing salvia, knapweed, lavender and daisies – all super bee-friendly!
We hope that more businesses will join in to make St Albans City Centre a haven for bees and other pollinators!
Thanks to Mandy and Denises hard work, permission was given to install a number of planters, funded by BID, in the seating area around the historic clock tower. Amanda Yorwerth from St Albans Friends of the Earth kindly created a planting scheme and with help from her daughter Hannah, installed the very first City Centre planters on May 26th 2020. They look amazing!