It is great to see so many more plants on the streets of Hanover and the improvements to street planters. Hanover Action are promoting Bloomin Hanover’ again this year to coincide with The Zocalo. Turn off your telly for the night, put a table and chairs on the pavement and have a drink and snack with your neighbours . This will take place across Hanover on Friday 21st June from 6.00 ish till dark. A community choir will be adding to the atmosphere and lots of flowering planters, window boxes and hanging baskets will please the bees and other insects as well as the whole community. (Click HERE for a window poster)

This year, we are supporting the Royal Horticultural Society’s plants for pollinators campaign with a plant sale in May and plans to fill gaps in street plants with plants attractive to bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.

Pollinators are under threat due to loss of habitat, the widespread use of pesticides, and climate change, yet they are crucial to maintaining life on the planet. Most plants need them to reproduce; 84% of EU crops and 80% of wildflowers rely on insect pollination. Buglife’s ‘Get Britain Buzzing’ campaign gives more details of the problems facing pollinators and the damage that has already been done; half of our 27 bumblebee species are in decline; 3 of these bumblebee species have already gone extinct; 7 bumblebee species have delined by more than 50% in the last 25 years; two thirds of our moths and 71% of our butterflies are in long term decline.

So, it’s more important than ever to do everything we can to plant new habitats for pollinators even in the small back yards and street planters of Hanover. Wildflower plants which are often thought of as weeds such as Knapweed, Ox Eye Daisy and Vipers Bugloss are good for pollinators and also make attractive garden plants. The Royal Horticultural Society’s website has a comprehensive list of garden plants and wildflowers for pollinators: (https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/plants-for-pollinators )

If you’d like to do more why not join Buglife and support their plan to end the decline in pollinator species:

  • All pollinators valued for the service they provide
  • Our pollinator populations properly monitored and understood
  • Pesticide use that harms pollinators reduced
  • Wildflower rich landscapes restored
  • Declines in rare and threatened pollinator species reversed
  • Places for pollinators planned around people
  • Wild pollinators protected from imported parasites and diseases.

This article first appeared in the Hanover Directory in June 2019. For the full publication and back issues visit https://www.brightonandhovemagazines.co.uk/back-issues/