Seeds of Weeds Will Please Bees
Bees, bugs, birds and bats boost biodiversity in theCity Centre, reports Damian
Manchester Friends of the Earth have been busywith the Bee Cause campaign, aimed at haltingthe decline in bee populations by promoting bee-friendly planting and biodiversity.Seed bombs made their appearance in July atboth Envirolution, in Platt Fields, and the summer party at Hulme Community Garden Centre. MFoEcampaigners mixed clay, compost and seeds of selected species of wild flowers specially chosento appeal to bees. Then visitors to our stall could join in and get their hands dirty rolling the mixtureinto a tiny ball. If they weren’t up for this, theycould take away some we’d made earlier,wrapped up in bits of egg boxes, to do a spot of guerrilla gardening in their own backyard or a bitof local waste ground that could do with somebee-friendly wild flowers to brighten it up.
In August, we had our first ever outdoor FullGroup Meeting, in the form of a nature walkaround the city centre with Manchester CityCouncil’s biodiversity officer Dave Barlow. Westarted just round the corner from Green Fish atthe Hilton Street ‘bug hotel’, showing theunglamorous end of urban wildlife is not forgotten!Then we moved on via Deansgate (unfortunatelywithout the peregrine falcons this time) to take inthe bird life hotspot of Parsonage Gardens, on theway to the Irwell and the urban oasis of St John’sGardens, where Dave showed us an award-winning display of herbs and apple trees whichwon a gold medal at the Tatton Park flower show. As dusk fell, the walk ended up at the RochdaleCanal, where accommodation has been laid onfor the local duck and bat communities, as well as
underwater planters full of tall purple loosestrifeflowers. Unfortunately, despite the growingdarkness, we failed to spot any bats—althoughwe may have a second chance, as we areconsidering having a bat evening later in theautumn. Watch this space for more information.
Manchester Friends of the Earth
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Hive Aid 2Powering the Future 3Join the Land Army 4Last Round of Toast 6
Dave Barlow showing the group round the gold medal-winning garden