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Hulme is where the Meadow is wins Bees Needs Award!

by Stephanie Lynch 06.11.17

Hulme is where the Meadow received a Bees Needs Champion Award by DEFRA for its value in supporting local pollinators. The event was held at Kew Gardens which is the home of Grow Wild, the initiative that funded the Hulme is where the Meadow is project.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity Lord Gardiner congratulated a number of fantastic projects at the awards for their hard work. These included the Salisbury Bee Trail and St Albans Primary School's Pollinator Promise. All the projects had various ways of tackling the problem of pollinator decline from building bee-friendly gardens to public awareness and engagement.

Steph Lynch from Manchester Climate Change Agency was invited to speak by Grow Wild to explain why the Hulme is where the Meadow is project is a beacon of inspiration and action. Steph said ‘this project aimed at using wildflowers as a vehicle to communicate the problems communities will face through climate change. Using poetry, workshops, and sowing events we were able to address concerns such as recycling and the impacts on refugees’.  The project engaged over 200 people and worked with partners such as Manchester Metropolitan University, Refugee Action and St Philips Primary School.

There is scope in the future to run similar projects to Hulme is where the Meadow is and MCCA also encourages communities to take action and plant wildflowers amongst their surroundings.

Find out more about the Bees Needs awards here

For more information about Hulme is where the Meadow is visit: www.manchesterclimate.com/news/2017/08/hulme-where-meadow

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