This spring, a diverse ecological area to attract bees and other pollinators has been created at Cefn Llan Cemetery, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth. Ceredigion County Council’s Grounds Maintenance Team have been busy planting different plants as part of a Boom in Bloom project.
Eight different species of plants have recently been planted. Collectively, they should produce a valuable source of energy for pollinators for up to 11 months of the year.
Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off of pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from spot to spot.
85-95% of the UK’s insect-pollinated crops rely on wild pollinators, pollinating £690 million worth of crops annually in the UK.*
Plants that now feature at Cefn Llan include spring and winter Heathers, Hellebores, Scabious, Astrantia, Geranium, Allium, Lavender and Sarcococca.
The grassed area at Cefn Llan now includes a native wild flower seed mix containing nine different species. Cutting arrangements have been reviewed to make the most of these.