During 2015 the Dell School Parent Teachers Association worked with volunteers to improve some areas of the school grounds. It was agreed that the flower bed outside the front of the school was a priority as it occupies a prominent position and it had been neglected for some years. A local resident and member of Transition Chepstow/Bee Friendly Monmouthshire/the Wildlife Gardening Forum was invited to work with the PTA to develop an appropriate management plan for the flower bed and in October 2015 volunteers from the PTA cleared and replanted it.
Download the management plan: Dell School – Plant List Flower Bed
Join Plantlife’s call to manage roadside verges better for wildlife.
Experts have warned that one third of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction, partly due to the decline in wildflower meadows. According to conservationists, 98% of this species-rich habitat has disappeared in the last 50 years.
An unusual solution has been provided by spending cuts which left many roadside verges uncut over the summer. In County Fermanagh and Omagh in County Tyrone, a dozen verges were managed as wildlife corridors by Ulster Wildlife. A small strip was cut to keep sightlines clear for motorists, but allowed the wildflowers which attracted bees and insects to grow.
See the BBC report for full details:-
New Royal Horticultural Society research identifies that a mix of plants from around the world may be the most effective way to sustain pollinators
• Research reveals a mixture of native and non-native ornamental plants may provide the best resources for pollinating insects in gardens
• Native plants are not always the first choice for pollinators visiting gardens
• Non-native plants can prolong the flowering season providing an additional food source
New research from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), with support from the Wildlife Gardening Forum, has found that pollinators in the UK do not always prefer native plants in gardens.
The findings, which are the first from the charity’s four-year Plants for Bugs research project, and are published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggest that gardeners wishing to encourage and support pollinators should plant a mix of flowers from a wide range of geographical regions.
The Lydart Ridge road in Monmouthshire had Tansy, Knapweed, Agrimony, flowering Field Scabious etc growing. All friendly for pollinators. Then it was mowed early!