Planting schematic – Here is a list of proposed plants for the Eccleston Yards courtyard. Lucy Puddle, Head of Project Management for Eccleston Yards, states that "This is part of the planning conditions and it gives you the wildlife value of each plant which will be of interest to your readers"
A detailed guide on conservation for Bees, Bats, Bugs,
Butterflies and all the rest in and around Belgravia...
Photo by Mary Regnier-Leigh
To be, or not to be? That is the question...” Well here in Belgravia, we think we have the answer ... To BEE!!
Conservation is all a buzz in Belgravia especially when it comes to the resident bees, which live in the rooftop of the Grosvenor Landscape Management Headquarters in Eccleston Place. Nick Butler is doing a sterling job looking after the Belgravia Bees. Nick is concentrating on their wellbeing so they can continue to thrive and pollinate other plants, which in turn provides food for other species higher up the food chain.
is said to contain medicinal properties from the great diversity of plants growing in Westminster, according to Simon Lewis and may even rival a certain well known honey. Want to find out more then do get in touch. The latest batch of Belgravia honey which has been produced as a result of these busy bees,
We plan to keep you updated on all things Bees....
Take a walk on the wild side. There is an opportunity for local schools and children to learn about flora, fauna, the delicate eco system and climate change. The landscape team has plans for a nature walk in the gardens of Eaton Square and you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of the rare pipistrelle bats roosting in the quiet dark spaces of the dense trees. It is most important to respect the habitat of these creatures and to share their territory in a mindful way.
There is also concern over the light pollution noticeably affecting the habits of nocturnal animals and insects such as moths. The Grosvenor team is monitoring the situation. Moths and insects play such an integral part in the jigsaw of the eco system that any upset may result in a loss of various species higher up the chain. It is vital that an understanding of the balance of life is based on our looking after what natural habitat we have left. Nature is speaking to us through climate change and loss of habitat for other species other than ourselves. We need to really listen to what Mother Nature is saying in order to preserve our planet and restore equilibrium once more. We need to become more sensitive and in tune with our surroundings, to learn to appreciate what we have and what Nature is trying to convey to us.
There has been talk on setting up allocated Butterfly zones in Belgravia. We wait with baited breath for this wonderful initiative to unfold.
Photo by Alan Cook
The Conservation team wants to find out how residents can help with sustainable events and we are calling on experts in their fields to help realise this. We are open to views and ideas on how to help the environment. Community involvement is paramount to make things happen, reconnect and maintain the vital link to the natural world. Only by making these connections and understanding our place within this space, can we possibly hope to repair any damage, restore and care for our planet in the future and keep it alive and healthy. Find out more about how you can help by joining Belgravia Society Conservation and meet other like-minded residents.
How you can get involved in helping the environment....
Plant a window box for bees and insects not just for visual beauty, but for sustainability too
Offer to provide a roof top for bees to take up residence especially if you own a flat roof
Place water bowls for birds where possible and if you have a garden install a bird table or hang up well stocked bird feeders. Buying different types of bird food encourages a wide variety of birds, which can be an exciting and striking spectacle. They will be grateful for your intervention
Install bird boxes. There are some smart ones available, such as a range from Wild & Wolf: bloomsburystore.com
Join the RSPB / WWF/ nature club
Create a bug hotel by building a log pile in a dark damp spot and watch the insects move in
Let the grass grow wild in an area of your garden and / or community Plant
wild flowers and native bulbs to provide nectar for bees, insects and butterflies
Provide fruit and nectar for Bees, insects and butterflies by selecting shrubs and trees at varying heights. This can also help to create habitats for nesting birds and small mammals such as hedgehogs
Create a wildlife pond / reinstate water features / rivers where possible
Harvest rain water in a water butt for use in watering plants
Use peat free compost or make your own
Above are just some of the suggestions needed to preserve our environment.
A Sustainable Future
Archive - Back in February 2016: Prince Charles visited the Evening Standard to champion his cause as a leader on Conservation and will receive an Exceptional Leadership Award by the International Caucus Foundation in America.
From the Conservation Team at the Belgravia Society
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Photo supplied by Mary Regnier-Leigh