Urban Buzz to launch in Leeds park

PLANTING UP: A project to help bees and other pollinators will launch in Leeds on September 25.
PLANTING UP: A project to help bees and other pollinators will launch in Leeds on September 25.
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Leeds is buzzing to be part a nationwide project creating flower-rich habitat for pollinators.

It is one of eight UK cities taking part in Buglife’s Urban Buzz scheme to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

The project involves Buglife working with residents, organisations and landowners to design and create urban havens for insects.

Andrew Cutts, Urban Buzz officer for Leeds, said: “This project is the largest scale urban based project in the UK for bees. Success in Leeds and other cities will help create a template that can be repeated across the entire country helping to secure a long-term future for our vital pollinators.”

Urban Buzz Leeds will be officially launched on Monday, September 25 at Farnley Hall Park from noon until 3pm.

Mr Cutts will introduce the project and highlight the importance, diversity, and beauty of insect pollinators. He will also show how people are pivotal to making the project a success. After the indoor presentations there will be a walk of the park’s grounds and a discussion how to create quality habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

The project will run over three and a half years with each urban centre receiving 21 months of intensive support thanks to a generous grant of more than £1 million from Biffa Award. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Postcode Lottery, and Garfield Weston Foundation have also contributed along with support from Leeds City Council.

Gillian French, head of grants for Biffa Award, said: “Pollinators are vital in any ecosystem and we’re really proud to be supporting this essential conservation work.”

The project will follow on from the highly successful first phase in Birmingham, Cardiff, Plymouth and York.