Bee Corridor: Seven-mile stretch of wildflowers planted to encourage bees in London

London is to home a seven-mile stretch of vibrant wildflowers, known as a “bee corridor”, to encourage the city’s bee population.

The pathway for bees will be formed of 22 meadows sown through parks and green spaces across the London Borough of Brent, north west of the capital.

According to Brent council, the wildflowers will be in place in time for summer in a move that aims to halt the decline in biodiversity in the borough.

A recent study showed a massive decline in pollinating insect numbers in the UK since the 1980s, with the decline of wildflowers attributed as one factor behind this.

It is intended that Brent’s Bee Corridor will attract, not just bees, but also other declining pollinators such as dragonflies and butterflies.

Kelly Eaton, project manager of the Brent Bee Corridor, said: “We wanted to do our bit to boost biodiversity.

“The Parks team curated the mix of wildflowers with bees and other insects in mind, choosing varieties that would attract these pollinators.”

Initiatives to encourage the bee population are taking place all over the world including the Honey Highway in the Netherlands, which has transferred over 90 kilometres of Dutch roadside into wildflower patches to increase the bee population.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

 

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