Pollinator Paths Wandsworth is all about encouraging local gardeners to establish small patches as wildlife havens. Several community gardens are involved, so there will be plenty of support. It's going to be a good project to strengthen growing links across the borough.
Spinach moth image by Roy Leverton, Butterfly Conservation.
We're mixing growing with citizen science: we'll research the 'microclimates' of London plots, balconies and windowboxes both for growing and for insects, we'll share the results and we'll take part in a fascinating and fun practical experiment together.
Individuals, families, schools can get involved - anyone with a plot even if it's small - and beginners are welcome as we'll share all the how-tos.
Why benefit insects? Maybe it sounds backwards to plant for the benefit of insects, but suitable habitat and forage are both reducing across London. Click here for the flyer.
The project programme:
- The first phase is research into city microclimates, what insects to support and what to grow.
- That will happen in 2 free public workshops on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th - all welcome to join one of the events on whichever date suits. More info to come; the Friday 10th workshop will be in Tooting and the Saturday 11th workshop in Wandsworth Town, both running from 2:00 to 5:00.
- Then we'll resource the plants that we select to grow.
- The young plants will be shared out in May to those who are taking part. You'll get support from several community growing spaces in Wandsworth. Tooting Community Garden's plant-sharing day is Sunday May 21st
- In summer we'll all be growing the selected plants at our different sites: noting what does well, what crops we get, what insects find the plots and sharing information on facebook
- You can sign up that you are interested via this online form - no commitment.
- You can email us at TTT or talk to us at the Tooting Community Garden or another TTT event
We hope that you will be interested to take part in this fascinating
growing and biodiversity project this year - all welcome.