Merton Council has created two ‘Bee Worlds’ as part of Friends of the Earth’s national Bee Cause campaign to help save the British bee species.
Along with the help of the local 5th Morden Beaver Group, Friends of the Earth, Merton’s voluntary Tree Warden Group and FM Conway Ltd, Merton Council planted the seeds for two new Bee Worlds on Willow Lane, between Carshalton Road and the Willow Lane Industrial Estate. The Bee Worlds are part of a wider highway improvement project designed to promote cycling and walking while allowing this section of Willow Lane to be opened to traffic.
Bee Worlds are havens of wildflowers in urban and rural spaces and provide essential food and shelter for bees, helping to reverse the trend of declining bee populations in the UK. As part of the planting event at Merton, local beekeeper and pollen enthusiast, Norman Chapman, gave the Beaver Group an educational talk about bees.
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “We wanted to improve Willow Lane to make it a place that people can use for walking and cycling in nice surroundings. Supporting the Bee Cause campaign is a great way to improve this area and help support a good cause. Thanks very much to all the local volunteers that helped at the planting event. I look forward to seeing the Bee Worlds growing.”
Friends of the Earth Merton co-ordinator, Auriel Glanville, said: “In the UK, we’ve lost 97% of our important natural grasslands and this is one of the biggest contributors to the alarming decline of our bee populations, and without bees the whole food chain is under threat. I’m delighted that Merton is supporting our Bee Cause campaign by creating these lovely Bee Worlds.”