Have you heard the buzz? City parks are the absolute bees’ knees! by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Gloucester City Council parks Robinswood Hill Country Park and Barnwood Park and Arboretum have been recognised for their efforts in creating habitats for bees and other pollinating insects, with one winning an award.
As part of the annual Green Flag Awards, this year there was a special award for a Bees’ Needs award. Both parks, which were awarded green flag status this year, applied for the Bees’ Need award.
Robinswood Hill was highly commended for their work, but it was Barnwood Park and Arboretum which won an award that was announced earlier this month.
Both parks have been working to create habitats for bees and other pollinators.
Robinswood Hill Country Park have introduced cattle and goats grazing, rather than using more mechanical measures, as well as leaving areas of grassland to grow longer – encouraging wild flowers to grow and be pollinated. Additionally, felled trees are often left to encourage wildlife habitats to form, and the margins of grass paths are left to grow, which offers valuable habitats for many different pollinators.
Barnwood Park and Arboretum have held morning sessions and educational events during the year run by the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum and supported by officers from Gloucester City Council.
The work morning sessions have been run to undertake general maintenance but at the same time provide habitat for and identifying pollinators that are present in Barnwood Park, the arboretum and the dry balancing pond area of the park.
A number of different habitats have been provided for pollinators to thrive and these include the annual seeding of an urban meadow flower bed, the continued development of an insect hotel, leaving dead wood on site and the planting of 500 snowdrops last autumn.
The existing mature tree stock and hedgerows supply suitable habitats for pollinators to take shelter and forage.
The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
First launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country, the two parks in Gloucester were part of over 1,600 parks and green spaces awarded a green flag this year.
Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for Robinswood Hill, said: “I am so pleased that Robinswood Hill and the rangers have been recognised for all their hard work.
“Receiving green flag status and also being highly commended for the Bees’ Needs award shows what a great place is right on the doorstep of most Gloucester residents.”
Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for the environment at Gloucester City Council, said: “We very much welcome this recognition for both Barnwood Park and Arboretum as a winner and Robinswood Hill Country Park being highly commended as this compliments their Green Flag Award achievements for this year.
“It is so important to the environment that we provide a habitat for bees and other pollinating insects to thrive as they form a crucial part of the food chain.”
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