About Pollinator Paths
This spring let’s raise our awareness of pollinators and their critical role for plants to produce fruit and seeds, and to encourage a community of growers!
Several Garden Hubs in East Edmonton will distribute windowsill boxes, seeds, and resources to create “pollinator-friendly patches”. Now that we are having to spend more time at home, dive into our instructional videos on what you can do to create a flowering haven on your windowsill, balcony, garden or local green space and then share your progress with us.
Even small spaces can help struggling pollinators, a windowsill box full of rocket is enough to harvest greens for your salad and provides much needed nectar and pollen for a passing solitary bee. No gardening experience is necessary to take part – just enthusiasm.
Insects represent 80% of all species - they play a critical role in our ecosystem and food chains by pollinating plants to make fruit and seeds. With recent global reports predicting ‘catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystem’ due to plummeting insect populations, it is more important than ever to act now. In recent years, there have been significant declines in pollinator species and even recorded local extinctions. In the UK, more than half of bee, butterfly and moth species have declined within roughly 50 years1. Many factors contribute to our pollinator losses including:
- an increase in intensive farming which leaves less space for wild habitats
- the widespread use of pesticides which are killing beneficial insects as well as well as those considered “pests”
- the fast-paced urban development in cities causing more fragmented habitats. In London alone, we lose green space the size of Hyde Park every year. The result is lost plants and trees, less soil for bumbles to hibernate under, and less routes for the insects to move around to find food.
- the change in urban gardens with more people paving over their lawns or building sheds2. Two-thirds of London’s front gardens are paved - this is a continuing trend.
We are also losing our connection to and fascination with the natural world. As we spend less and less time in nature, it is no surprise that 75% of young people do not feel connected to nature.
Looking at East Edmonton specifically, only 1% of households are within 400 m of green space (based on GLA data). We can green-up our balconies, windowsills, and shared gardens for ourselves, our communities and biodiversity.