Award for Beacon Park’s efforts to encourage bees

Beacon Park has received an award for its efforts to provide bee-friendly habitats.

The Bees’ Needs prize was awarded to 19 Green Flag parks across England.

The award recognises sites which have made improvements to encourage bees to pollinate.

Park ranger Peter Freeman, Historic Parks manager Lyn Hammant greens and open spaces strategic manager John Smith with the award

Park ranger Peter Freeman, Historic Parks manager Lyn Hammant greens and open spaces strategic manager John Smith with the award

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet member for parks, said: “The team at Beacon Park is really passionate about biodiversity and work to attract more pollinators, including bees, to the park.

“In 2014 they created a poppy meadow, which has flowered beautifully for the last two years. They also work to encourage more insects to the woodland, golf course and community garden, by planting native trees, wildflowers and plants such as nettles, buddleia and lavender, along with leaving piled up logs and building bug hotels.

“It is great that this commitment to helping bees and other pollinators has been recognised by Green Flag and a big well done to the team and park volunteers for this award.”

From April 2017 Beacon Park will be running monthly bee and butterfly surveys. Anyone interested in joining in can contact Ruth Witczak by calling 01543 308869 or emailing parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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