What makes a five-star Bee Hotel? Like any great hotel, it’s about prime location, the best interiors and the finest food. The hippest residents of the Grand Honeycomb Bee Hotel will be the cavity nesting, solitary bees looking for a place to check in during springtime.
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 solutions for pollinators in the urban environment.
River of Flowers is an active partner with Buglife's project Urban Buzz aiming to create eight new Buzzing Cities in England and Wales for pollinators, transforming mown and unused urban sites into 200 hectares of rich and vibrant habitat for pollinating insects, and engage 80,000 people with their local Buzzing Hotspots. Birmingham, Cardiff, Plymouth and York started in 2015; and Bristol, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester will start in 2017. The Urban Buzz funders are the Biffa Award and Garfield Weston Foundation. There are Rivers of Flowers already in Bristol, Cardiff and York so please add your wildflower place for pollinators or Buzzing Hotspot to the Urban Buzz interactive map here.
A new River of Flowers has been created in Warsaw! The Vistula River Restoration Project to restore the alluvial flood plain meadows in seven selected areas covering a total of 70 hectares on both banks of the river, is being carried out to increase biodiversity in the areas protected under the Nature 2000 European directive and suppress the overgrowth of non-native plants, which have spread extensively. This project will also help to mitigate the effects of flooding in the Polish capital city, and is supported by EEG grants, see more here: River of Flowers Warsaw.
Besides Buglife, we have formed new partnerships on different projects with other environmentally-conscious organisations to create more urban foraging areas, and working with artists and designers on installations to bring art, science and urban ecology together in a way that resonates with people. River of Flowers has designed and developed the Honeycomb Meadow with nonprofit social enterprise BeeBristol. This floral and verdant mosaic of hexagonal planters full of specific wild nectar and larval food plants, is a temporary living installation, which can flow over city squares and open amenity grassland to provide more wildflower forage in barren city spaces. We have also designed the Honeycomb Bee Hotel for the wild, cavity-nesting, solitary Carpenter, Leafcutter and Mason bees.
Is your city on the River of Flowers Map? To get your city regsitered as a River of Flowers city, we need the location of at least one public place where wild plants already grow or hich you have planted with wildflowers and trees. Three wild places would be ideal.
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