Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Bee and Pollination Festival at Bristol University Botanic Gardens

The weekend of the 9th September was warm and breezy – perfect for the Pollination Festival hosted at Bristol University Botanic Gardens. Clare and Ben from the Bristol Urban team were present to explain the project and recommend bee-friendly plants and share out information on anything pollinator related, to the best flowers for pollinators at certain times (Royal Horticultural Society plant list) to the lifecycles of bumblebees and how they differ to honeybees. The Bristol public were fascinated by the amount of insects we had found across the city, and many spoke of their delight with the urban wildflower meadows planted for the next year of this project. No doubt more astonishment will be had when the perennial margins come to the fore!

Clare and Ben at the colourful Urban Pollinator stand at the Bee and Pollination Festival at the Bristol University Botanic Gardens

The event – spendidly organised by volunteer Alice Maltby and garden curator Nick Wray – attracted huge numbers of people ranging in age, gardening experience, and love of honey-based products! Other stalls included charity Bees for Development, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Bristol City Council allotment department, and botanical drawing and paintings by local artist Jenny Brooks.

We had a wonderful time this weekend talking to the engaged and informed people of Bristol. We would like to thank everyone for coming and showing much interest in our project, and we would like to thank Alice and Nick for inviting us to take part.

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