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.
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!
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! Watch this space for updates.