Lune Valley Community Bee Keepers have been joined by volunteers and local wildlife experts to help improve the wildlife of the local area.
This effort is part of the ‘Wildflowers for the Meadows’ project which has seen seven new pollinator patches created around Caton and the Crook O’Lune since 2014. These have helped provide a vital nectar network for insects. The project is delivered by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) alongside the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the efforts from almost 70 volunteers have created a community verge boasting a wide variety of wildflower species.
Erica Sarney of the Lune Valley Community Beekeepers said: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many enthusiastic local people to the event. Together we transformed a previously unloved and uninspiring grass verge into an area that will hopefully be full of colourful nectar-rich flowers in future years. We spent an enjoyable afternoon spreading seed and planting wildflower plug plants, including cowslips and primroses which should provide important food for pollinators next spring.”
Sarah Robinson, Bowland Hay Time Officer at Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), said: “The Lune Valley Community Beekeepers are a great example of a group making full use of the resources and support available to them. Erica is even running her own training courses now, helping to pass on her new found knowledge and skills to even more people.”