Bring back wildlife – help us sow more wildflowers
Our parks have been essential to our health and wellbeing throughout the pandemic and the weeks of lockdown. They are outdoor places to safely see friends and family, becoming makeshift gyms, helping us stay in touch with nature, and they are our sanctuaries from stress.
Every year, as spring bursts into life, we’re hearing more birds in our parks and seeing the insects, animals and butterflies return to the blossom and flowers. But they’re not returning in the numbers they once did. More than 70% of our butterflies have disappeared over the last ten years and some bee species are near extinction. This loss has been closely linked with our losing more than 97% of wildflower meadows across the UK.
Please donate to our wildflower appeal today and help us sow wildflower seed in the parks across the BCP area. We aim to create areas where wildflowers can grow and where both we and our wildlife can flourish.
Did you know:
- 1/3 of all the food crops that we grow need insects to pollinate them. 87% of all our plants are pollinated by animals – and most of this is delivered by butterflies, bees and other insects.
- In Bournemouth, 1 in 11 people do not have access to a private or shared garden, meaning that access to parks and green spaces is hugely important
- Being in nature and parks is proven to support improved health and wellbeing. 70% of us say that parks had a positive impact on improving our physical and mental health during lockdown giving you the space and time to breath
- Accessing parks and greenspaces for your health will save the NHS nearly £111m a year nationally from reduced visits