Welcome to Christy Crouch, Longtown and District WI who is our new Climate Ambassador for the Herefordshire Federation.
Did you know that your lawn might be the saviour of bees, butterflies and other pollinators this year?
Far from being made of a few grasses, your lawn may be home to some beautiful and nectar-rich native flowers that never get to see the sun. In fact, it may have enough flowers to feed ten times the bees and butterflies your garden currently supports.
May is your chance to find out.
If letting your whole lawn go wild is a step too far, can you find a small patch that can be left to its own devices for a while? You would be amazed at what you will find, even in a tiny area. And if you're worried about it looking untidy, mowing around the edges, or mowing paths through will make it look as though it's intended, rather than neglected.
Our pollinators need our help and our gardens can become havens for them – rich in food and habitat. A few simple changes are all that’s needed and No Mow May is a great way to start.
Dear ladies of Herefordshire
Climate change is an inescapable fact. Whether we know what it is or why it’s happening or not, we
have all experienced it – although you might not realise it – flooding; drought; stronger winds; more
storms; rain when we don’t expect it, no rain when we do – it’s all part of a shifting pattern. But
hand in hand with that goes biodiversity loss – alarmingly, we’ve lost 50 million birds since the
1950s, over 70% of our insects, 97% of our wildflower meadows, and many species are in trouble,
some on the edge of extinction. I’m not saying the two are connected, just that they both urgently
We are continually bombarded with information from all sides and it can seem very overwhelming –
what can we, as individuals, actually do? Well, I believe there are many, many things we can do
ourselves – little things that may not seem much on their own, but which together can add up to a
great deal. So, I think my role as Climate Ambassador is to help and encourage anyone willing to
give it a go, to do those little things.
To that end, our first event will be an online Zoom session with Michelle James of Severn Waste Management to give us first
hand information about what we can and can’t put in our green bins.
She will be happy to answer any questions you may have - I, for one, discovered only the other day that I could have been
putting something into the recycling that I’ve been throwing in the rubbish
for the last five years!!!
So please do come along if you can – I’m sure we can all learn something from it.