High up in the rooftops of The Plaza, a Fairmont managed hotel in New York City, overlooking Central Park with its native wildflower meadows, a new Bee Hotel surrounded by bee-friendly blooms, shimmers in the sun.
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.
A new River of Flowers has been created in Warsaw! Read the latest Wild City Blog Breaking New Ground about the Vistula River Restoration Project.
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 which you have plan to plant with wildflowers and trees. Three wild places would be an ideal start!
River of Flowers is an International Bee Sustainable Partner with the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Group on its Bee Sustainable Initiative, a global programme to support bee health through habitat development and maintenance including the provision of forage, see our latest news item: A Bee Hotel Blooms in Manhattan. We are advisors on the construction of healthy Bee Hotels for cavity-nesting solitary bees and the curation of indigenous wildflower planting in Bee Restaurants at various Fairmont Hotels around the world, which is helping to create new Rivers of Flowers in each city.
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. Urban Buzz is funded by Biffa Award and Garfield Weston Foundation. Birmingham, Cardiff, Plymouth and York started in 2015, and Bristol, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester will start in 2017. 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.
River of Flowers aims to develop links with other environmentally-conscious organisations to create more urban foraging and nesting areas such as Bee Hotels and Restaurants as well as working with artists, designers and scientists to bring art, science and urban ecology together in a way, which resonates with people. We will be featuring videos on bees such as: What's happening to the bees? on our new Facebook page Bees Beyond Borders. All those who love wild bees and freedom are invited to join.
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