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.
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! (July 2021)
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 (March 2021)
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.
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.