The council wants to engage with residents to establish a network of wildflower gardens starting with one on the Recreation Ground as part of its application for a Green Flag Community Award. In addition it will ensure its own plantings are of species beneficial to pollinators, encourage the installation of bee nest boxes in its parks and green spaces and allow bee hives to be managed on the allotment site.
New evidence has been published recently confirming that pesticides, in particular neonicitinoids, are detrimental to bee colonies, so it is clear that bees need all the help they can get at the moment. More information is available at Southampton and Eastleigh Friends of the Earth.
Other items on the agenda for Wednesday's R&A meeting include:
New gates for the war memorial garden
Use of the Turnpike Way Pavilion by Hedge End Junior Cricket Club
Use of the Norman Rodaway Field for a Hedge End Rangers charity event
Gates and signs at Greta Park and Bridget Mary Gardens.
Also meeting this week on Tuesday is the Community and Culture Committee which will discuss:
HEWEB Youth Council report
Hedge End Festival
Diamond Jubilee Street Party.
Finance and Administration, which would normally meet on the second Thursday in the month, has been postponed to 25th April.