A few days ago Incredible Edible joined a variety of other representatives of Parish, Horticulture and Wildlife to initiate the Swindon Pollinator Project. (Expect that name to change. The working title of “Swindon Bug-gers” was felt too risque to communicate to a wider audience!)
The populations of insects – bees in particular but a variety of other insect pollinators too – has been dropping in recent years for a number of man-made reasons. In Germany, recent recordings suggested a decline of 75% of the Forest bee population, which is quite frightening. Without pollinators there is no fertilisation of plants. No fertilisation leads to no fruits or seeds. No fruits or seeds means no food for all those dependent on them. That includes us.
Swindon is already arguably one of the best wildlife conservation towns in the country. The aim is to build on our current heritage.
The Swindon Pollinator Project will be split into three main areas. Creation and maintenance of large meadow areas, creation of smaller species-driven areas and public education. The aim is to provide green corridors and feeding sites throughout the town for our native insects, including bees and butterflies.
Incredible Edible will be incorporating some of the plants necessary into their existing sites and looking to help communities create others. If you are interested, let us know.
For more information on this exciting project, listen to the launch program on the Birds & Bees on Swindon 105.5 or watch this space for further updates.