THERE’S sure to be a buzz around a new bee-friendly verge in Warwick.
Residents of Cliffe Way are the first community group in the town to ‘adopt’ their own verge and make it welcoming to pollinators.
They even had to make the process official by first making sure the verge was ‘bee-worthy’, raising enough cash for insurance and letting all the other residents know what they were doing via letter and local WhatsApp group.
They have been working alongside Bee Friendly Warwick on the project.
Once permission was granted, they began by mowing the grass and creating a patch of bare grown on which to sow wildflowers including knapweed and ox-eye daisies.
A mown edge of grass will be maintained by locals all year-round and most of the verge given an annual cut in the autumn.
It will take time for the wildflowers to fully take hold but in a few years, it should be a fantastic resource for pollinators and biodiversity.
Support came from Warwick Town Council and funding from Warwick Court Leet and Warwick Relief in Need.
Chair of Bee Friendly Warwick Sara Lever said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone who has made this happen – local councillors, volunteers and our funders.
“Bee Friendly Warwick are aiming to create a whole network of pollinator friendly habitats across Warwick. If you think you have a suitable verge or green space near you in Warwick and a team of willing volunteers to manage it, please do get in touch as we will only be too happy to help you through the process. Or do let us know if you have any other ideas on how we could make Warwick more Bee Friendly.’