River of Flowers latest project ‘Growing Health’ involves working with hospital patients and staff in caring for the natural world by planting wildflowers for urban pollinators.
About us: how we are growing!
River of Flowers aims to inspire or initiate safe routes through cities for bees and other pollinators by creating floral forage trails or ‘rivers’ of wildflowers and wild flowering trees through urban landscapes and to design creative botanical solutions for urban pollinators.
One of River of Flowers designs for pollinators in cities is our series of modular hexagonal planters containing forage for pollinators, which can cover barren concrete spaces. Our Honeycomb Trio is a group of three low and shallow hexagons planted with native wildflower turf, two or more of which can be tessellated to form a small meadow. The Herb or Tree Solo is a single taller and deeper hexagon suitable for growing herbs or small shrubs and trees. One of our most popular eco-products is the Seated Trio, a combination of both low and tall planters linked by a hexagonal seat. We have designed hexagonal Grand Bee Hotels as nesting spaces for solitary bees. We also curate Wild Seed mixes for our different projects including those customised for different cities in the UK.
River of Flowers launched our 'Growing Health' project in 2017, creating healing Honeycomb Gardens for and with patients and staff at health care institutions. Our first healing garden, supported by The Cooperative Bank, was created at the York Hospital in June 2017 and we recently created a second at the Royal Free Hospital, London in November 2017. This garden, supported by Awards for All, will be launched in April 2018. It is linked to our next project 'Planting Air', designed to use bioindicators such as lichens, mosses and ferns to highlight the level of air pollution in different parts of a city and provide botanical solutions in the form of strategic planting of trees, shrubs and meadows.
River of Flowers is an active partner with Buglife's project Urban Buzz, which aims to create eight new Buzzing Cities in England and Wales, transforming mown and unused urban sites into 200 hectares of rich and vibrant habitat for pollinating insects in local Buzzing Hotspots. The Urban Buzz cities include Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth and York. Our Honeycomb Meadow Trio and Seated Trio planters full of pollinator-friendly plants have already been installed in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London and York, and we hope to develop new Rivers of Flowers in Leeds and Leicester in 2018.
River of Trees is a new project which we also hope to start next year to bring native trees to provide forage for pollinators, food and/or medicine as well as shade and improved air quality to urban landscapes. We would be interested in starting this project not only in the UK but also in Mumbai, India and Asunción, Paraguay. Let us know here if you know anyone in these cities who might be interested.
River of Flowers aims to develop links with other environmentally-conscious organisations, artists, designers, engineers and scientists to bring art, science, engineering and urban ecology together in a way to improve life for humans and non-humans in the city. See our new Facebook page Bees Beyond Borders for videos on bees: What's happening to the bees? All those who love wild bees and freedom are invited to join.
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