Volunteers Needed to Create Local ‘Wildflower Haven’ For Bees

A ‘glorious’ wildflower haven for bees is set to be created this summer – and local volunteers are needed to help out!

The project, which is being run by Friends of Hightown Community Resource Centre, will see the green space outside the centre transformed into a wildflower garden of long-lasting and beautiful flowers, providing vital food for threatened local pollinating insects.

To help with the project the group have secured £1,500 funding from ‘Together in Wrexham’ and wild flower seed donations from Friends of the Earth and Just Seed.

The site is one of the 200+ ‘Bee Worlds’ springing up around the country as part of the charity’s Bee Cause campaign.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project, which will take place on selected Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings throughout July and August (details of which can be found below).

The events will involve stripping turf, sowing seeds, planting flowers and shrubs, digging and collecting materials to produce a bug hotel.

Children’s wildlife themed craft workshops will also take place to coincide with the project (details below). Contact Libby Price (07969814442/ elizabeth.price@wwha.co.uk) to find out how you can get involved or just come along and get stuck in.

Paula Hack (Chair of the Friends of HCRC) said: “With Britain’s bees in serious decline this is a great opportunity for people of all ages to come along, have fun and help protect these crucial pollinators. We want to unite the community through gardening and encourage wildlife to thrive in Hightown.

Libby Price (HCRC manager) said: “We want people to feel the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time outdoors as well as improving the habitats of bees and other wildlife.

“We would love members of the local community to get involved with the project, whether they are experienced gardeners or novices – everyone is welcome. It would be great to see the group of volunteers grow as the project takes shape.”

Since 1945 a whopping 97% of wildflower-rich meadows have been lost. As part of the Bee Cause campaign, Friends of the Earth has committed to creating 180 bee-friendly patches in towns and rural areas across the UK.

Dates for your diary:

July: Wednesday 19 – 6-7.30pm- Gardening Club
Monday 24 – 10.30am-12pm – Kids Wildlife Craft Workshop

August: Thursday 3 – 9.30-11am- Gardening Club
Monday 14 – 10.30am-12pm- Kids Wildlife Craft Workshop
Wednesday 16 – 6-7.30pm- Gardening Club
Tuesday 22 – 1-3pm- Official opening of garden and kids activities

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