Butterfly

Pin Your Pollinator Patch

Did you know that one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollination taking place?

Plants rely on insects to pollinate their flowers. They cannot make seeds without receiving pollen, usually from another flower. Without bees, butterflies and other insects visiting flowers, there would be no tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pears, raspberries, carrots, beans …..the list goes on.  And very few flowers in our gardens and countryside!

 

For far too long we’ve taken the essential work bees do for us, for granted. Climate change, the use of pesticides and the reduction of flower habitats due to development, have meant a rapid and dangerous decline in the number of our pollinators.

The Fair Oak and Horton Heath Greening Campaign are asking parish residents to help us make spaces for our bees and create pollinator patches.  We hope that the tips below will help you to support us in this worthy cause.

Sign Up to Bee Counted! 

 

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Edible Window Boxes

If you find you are still struggling for space, how about planting a window box, with edible flowers and herbs to delight the bees and your bellies!

Edible flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables which do well in window boxes are: -

Perennial Flower Bed

Got an unloved space in your garden and want to create bee friendly flower bed?

 

Try these top 10 pollinator plants!

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Planting Ideas for Balconies

Even in a small confined space such as a balcony or small roof terrace it is possible to attract bees and other pollinating insects by choosing plants that do well in containers and can tolerate shallow growing conditions.

 

Try these 10 plants for pots or containers!

Vertical Planting & Living Walls

Want to use all available space, try using vertical planters. These can be simple felt pockets or more sophisticated self watering systems.

 

Try these 10 plants perfect for vertical planting.

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Pin your patch to our map

To celebrate your hard work and to make a record of what you have achieved we have created an interactive map of our parish which shows all the pollinator patches that you have created. With this information, we will be able to determine roughly how many square metres of extra space has been given over to nature and our pollinators. The survival of the pollinators is essential to our world - without them, we wouldn't have trees and other plants to oxygenate and clean the air we breathe.

Once you have created your patch, complete and submit the form below and send a picture of your patch, and a list of the plants you have used to using the 'send image' button we will pin your patch to the map below!

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Share details of your Pollinator Patch
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Thanks for creating a space for nature