The project was launched at the Ryburgh Spring Show on 30/4/22 with the aims of:
- Helping pollinating insects and other wildlife in Ryburgh by encouraging residents to grow more insect-friendly flowering plants in their gardens and other suitable spaces throughout the village.
- Bringing nature closer to people and giving opportunities for everyone to play their part in helping to create richer habitats for insects and other wildlife in and around Ryburgh.
- Promoting better understanding of how pollinating insects are vital for ecological diversity and for production of many of our food crops.
- Exploring ways of expressing the beauty and diversity of insects and flowers through various forms of art and handicrafts, possibly including the creation of a permanent display in the Memorial Hall and other community activities.
Our current objectives are to:
- Raise awareness of the project at village events e.g. monthly community cafes, and via the RWG website, which can be a useful source of information, photos and updates.
- Provide information on pollinator-friendly plants and habitats, and signpost examples of pollinator-friendly gardens/sites/road verges throughout the village.
- Engage with residents/landowners and managers/All Saints School to promote more pollinator-friendly gardens, village spaces, road and path verges, and school grounds.
- Show a significant increase in pollinator-friendly sites in Ryburgh after the first year.
- Create a piece of lasting artwork that expresses the value and beauty of pollinators and their food plants.