Funds are now urgently needed to create a bumblebee garden haven outside Chipping Norton Health Centre.
Please help raise the £1,756 needed to create and maintain this vital habitat!
What’s it all about?
Several sites around town are already matched up with funding for creation and maintenance of the habitats so precious to the bumblebee.
But sponsorship is desperately needed for an area of 50m2 outside the new Chipping Norton Health Centre, where the Practice Manager is happy for a landscape to be established with appropriate flowering plants.
With the Centre unable to fund it, project head Craig Blackwell is looking to raise the £1,756 needed for supply of plants and maintenance – with the help of local landscaping business Topiarus, which is offering preparation and planting free of charge.
He’s aiming to plant in late February 2016, so time is short!
This is not Chipping Norton’s only wildlife conservation work.
Bumblebee fact file
What’s happening in Chipping Norton?
Safe ‘habitats’ are being created around town, with the aim of providing precious pollen and nectar sources to sustain bumblebees throughout the summer.
Where are the habitats?
There is encouraging support for small-scale projects at the cemetery, community orchard, Chipping Norton School, Fairy Tale Farm near the golf course and, potentially, at the new Veterinary Hospital. These have potential funding sources already in place.
Why is this necessary?
Bumblebee populations are struggling in the wider countryside. But there’s lots of potential for them to thrive in urban and suburban situations, which is why the new habitats are being created.
Who is driving the project?
Craig Blackwell, former County Ecologist for Oxfordshire, is working closely with members of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to liaise with local residents, businesses and groups and expand bumble conservation in and around Chipping Norton.
What is the cost breakdown for the health centre habitat?
Applegarth Garden Centre has agreed to supply the plants for £996.97. Monthly site maintenance is estimated at £760 + VAT (April – October) including an optional November ‘tidy up’ in preparation for winter.
How to make your garden a bumblebee haven
Planting bee-friendly flowers is the best way to turn your garden into a suitable habitat for bumblebees. Get some great bee-friendly gardening tips to help save this precious and threatened species.
Contact Craig on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help – he’d love to hear from you.