St Davids has been announced as the first ‘Bee Friendly’ city in Wales.
This is the first citywide accreditation for the Caru Gwenyn/Bee Friendly initiative: a scheme that encourages schools, businesses and communities to help combat the decline of insect pollinators.
Mayor of St Davids, Mike Chant, says: “I am delighted with our Bee Friendly status and proud of how the community has come together to look after our world-class landscape and wildlife. Special thanks to Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm for coordinating the project.”
Many local residents, businesses, Open Gardens St Davids, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the St Davids City Council have supported the project by providing food and habitat for pollinators and reducing pesticide use.
One of the main actions of the new Bee Friendly status is the St Davids Pollinator Trail. The innovative project, pioneered by Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm and supported by The Tourism Product Innovation Fund and Biodiversity Solutions, is an interactive trail linking tourism sites across the St Davids Peninsula. “Each ‘station’ will showcase a different pollinator alongside their habitat or forage” Sarah Sharpe, project coordinator, explains. “Aimed at families, the educational trail plans to link art, science and conservation, inspiring visitors to get involved at home”. The St Davids Pollinator Trail is due to launch in summer 2018.
The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said:
“It’s fantastic news that St Davids has been awarded Bee Friendly status and I’d like to congratulate everyone that’s been involved – a true community effort. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support the Pollinator Trail and I look forward to the launch in the summer. With wildflower habitat, artwork, interactive activities and interpretation, I’m sure it will be popular with visitors and locals and will further enhance Wales' reputation as an internationally renowned, sustainable wildlife tourism destination.”
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said:
“St Davids becoming the first Bee Friendly city in Wales is a great achievement. Places that are good for pollinators are good for people too. Natural green spaces and contact with wildlife is essential for our wellbeing, and the buzz of bees creates a sense of place and is the sound of our summer. Wales is leading the way in raising awareness of the importance of these pollinators and our role in protecting them.”
For more information about The St Davids Pollinator Trail please contact Sarah Sharpe at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, St Davids: email@example.com.
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