We want to bring residents together to plant and cultivate pollinator-friendly plants on their balconies, shared gardens and open spaces to create “pathways” for threatened flying pollinators. We will be re-using materials to create planters, window boxes, bee homes, bug hotels and support with advice and learner events on how to plant for bees, butterflies and garden moths. We can learn how to create forage and habitat for important species including the Spinach Moth, Mason Bee and various types of Hoverfly while also harvesting some edibles for ourselves! All our activities are child-friendly. LSx has been working in North Kensington with a special focus along the Westway - we would like to continue planting with community and wildlife in mind into the winter months. Communities of place taking action for nature will have a positive impact on residents and biodiversity: planting, educational activities, talks and walks will all be part of the experience!
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Why it's a great idea:
FOR PEOPLE 75% of young people in London do not feel connected to nature (RSPB) - one of the reasons many Londoners suffer from poor mental health. A sense of connection to place and community can also buffer against the stressful effects of life in the city, and embodied interactions with nature such as gardening and forming local networks can buffer against stressful city life. FOR NATURE London supports a wide diversity of wildlife supporting over 13,000 species- gardens being a valuable habitat for a range of plants and animals as they covering nearly a quarter of Greater London! They are also indispensable in decreasing flood risk and reducing the urban heat island effect. Sadly London's garden vegetation has dropped by 12% since 1998 and the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower-rich meadows since the 1950’s. Many have been paved over. This has led to a drastic loss in crucial foraging space and food for pollinators and reduced access to valued green space.
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About the space
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea