|Hedge End Votes to Help Bees|
At the same time as Friends of the Earth were kicking off their "Bee Cause" campaign for 2012, Hedge End Town Council were voting through a number of practical measures to help bees in our local parks and green spaces. Councillors voted unanimously at the March meeting of full council to support an initiative I proposed which will see:
- Wildflower gardens planted in local parks
- Space for bee hives at the Town Council allotments
- Bee nest boxes in Council green spaces
- Bee-friendly planting in the Council's flower beds.
The Town Council is in a position to make up the habitat lost to the car park extension by working with volunteers and local organisations to make our other green spaces bee-friendly. It's now up to local people to come forward and make those nest boxes, plant the wildflowers and run the bee hives. This could become a genuine community project with the Council providing the space for local environmentalists to work in.
Greg Hewitt of Southampton and Eastleigh Friends of the Earth and Eastleigh Transition Network commented: "This is perfect. It's just the sort of thing we want local councils to be doing."
The Friends of the Earth Bee Cause campaign launches formally on 11th April and will call for a national bee action plan alongside practical activities to help bees in local communities.
More information is available on the FoE campaign hub and Southampton and Eastleigh FoE web site.
Hedge End people who would like to volunteer for one of the bee projects, can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.