Volunteers complete the planting of the pollinator bed 29th March 2014

Pollinator bed planted and mulched March 2014Volunteers complete the planting of the new pollinator bed in Ruabon.
Over 230 applicants from across Wales applied for free National Garden Centre vouchers as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s ‘Have a Wild Weekend for Wales’ campaign.

Funded by Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and the proceeds from the single use carrier bag charge, the aim of the weekend-long campaign was to encourage people to improve food sources and natural habitat for pollinators in Wales.

Volunteers from Growing Ruabon rolled up their sleeves, got back to nature and gave bees and butterflies a helping hand in the Ruabon Garden of Rest. They were successful in applying for a £150 National Garden Centre vouchers which they then used to buy pollinator plants.

During Wild Weekend they turned an unloved, grass covered corner of the Garden of Rest into a new shrubbery.

Jo Smith, said, “It was great to see so many volunteers of all ages get involved in this project. ‘Wild Weekend’ has enabled us to make a huge improvement to the pollen and nectar that’s on offer in the Garden of Rest and hopefully this will benefit our local environment and wildlife. We hope even more people will join us on our next adventure!”

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy, said: “I am delighted that so many groups across Wales got involved to help our pollinators and their natural environment. They have planted new flowering plants to attract our bees and butterflies as well as giving existing habitats a helping hand. Keep Wales Tidy would like to thank the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales for all their support, ensuring that the ‘Wild Weekend for Wales’ has been a great success for people across Wales!”

For more information on improving pollinator conditions in your area, or to get involved with volunteering and fundraising for Keep Wales Tidy please e-mail tidy.towns@keepwalestidy.org or visit the website www.keepwalestidy.org.

Wild Weekend planting in Ruabon Garden of Rest -2014-03-29 11.09.21

Volunteers at work in Ruabon - 2014-03-29 11.09.03

A well deserved rest - 2014-03-29 10.58.12

Planting is great fun for all ages.

A beautiful morning in the Ruabon Garden of Rest

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