Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) is working with Buglife Scotland, local schools and communities to help transform the John Muir Way into a rich habitat for pollinators.
The Planting for Pollinators along the John Muir Way project aims to help create wildflower areas along the route of the John Mur Way and within 3km either side, by encouraging local schools and communities to plant mini meadows that will help provide foraging environments for pollinating bees, hoverflies and other insects as well as homes for additional wildlife.
A bespoke Planting for Pollinators Along the John Muir Way school pack has been created and includes advice on how to make and manage pollinator friendly spaces, as well as tips on how to build bug and bee hotels. The packs, which have been provided with funding from Greggs Foundation, also feature a range of educational resources on pollinators which can be used in the classroom as part of the curriculum.
Over 200 packs are being distributed to local primary schools along the route and a downloadable version has been added to the website, allowing interested community groups and schools to get involved.
As well as providing information packs, CSGNT with further support from Greggs Foundation, has identified nine key habitat sites along the John Muir Way that will be brought to life with a range of pollinator friendly plants, shrubs and grassland. The sites will be created with the help of local schools and community groups, and pupils from St. Maurice’s High School in Cumbernauld have already started on the first site.
Almost 60 pupils from three classes took part in the session held on the 30th October which saw over 600 bulbs planted. The sessions are held in partnership with Buglife Scotland which has been instrumental in the campaign to date. Its broader vision for Scotland’s first B-line project, the John Muir Pollinator Way, has identified new opportunities for grassland habitat creation, enhancement and management along the entire route. Guidance on potential sites is available on the website, allowing other communities to take part.
Emilie Wadsworth, Heritage and Biodiversity Officer at CSGNT, said: “Rich wildflower grassland is not only beautiful, it provides much-needed habitat for our pollinators but sadly it is in decline. The Planting for Pollinators along the John Muir Way project is a fun way for communities and schools to get involved in helping to create vibrant wild habitats that will attract pollinators in their local area while also providing an educational resource for pupils to learn more about the environment.
“We’ve already had a great response to the packs and are looking forward to seeing local schools very own mini meadows along the route. Mini wildflower meadows are so easy to create and we’d encourage anyone interested to download our pack on the website and start planting for the future of our pollinators.”
Tracy Lynch, from Greggs Foundation, added: “As a responsible business, we believe it is important to play our part in improving the environment and communities in which we operate. The work that CSGNT and partners are doing, with our support, is so incredibly valuable and provides the perfect opportunity for children to learn more about the environment in a fun and engaging way.”
The Planting for Pollinators along the John Muir Way project is a partnership between CSGNT, Buglife and John Muir Trust with funding from the Greggs Foundation.
For further information about the Planting for Pollinators along the John Muir Way project, please visit www.csgnt.org.uk/plantingforpollinators