Folkestone & Hythe District Council has launched an environmental campaign to protect pollinators.

“Bee Kind” signs were placed in areas where grass was allowed to grow so that wildflowers could thrive.

It is hoped that these will attract bees and other pollinators to the sites.

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In addition, the council is using four test sites where there will be fewer roadside cuts to encourage more insects.



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Edges in Folkestone‘s Southern Way, Churchill Avenue, Cherry Garden Lane and Tile Kiln Lane are currently included.

At the same time, sites belonging to the municipality have been identified where the mowing regime could benefit the biodiversity of the neighborhood.

All designated areas are expected to undergo a fall conservation cut as part of the program.



Roadside cutting has been reduced to encourage pollinators
Roadside cutting has been reduced to encourage pollinators

This action is only part of the Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s attempt to bring about positive environmental change after declaring a climate and ecological emergency two years ago.

Cllr Lesley Whybrow, F & HDC Environment Cabinet Member, said: “When we announced our commitment to net zero carbon emissions, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy and instant fix.

“But we have a carbon action plan – as approved by the cabinet – and we are confident that progress is being made in getting our own home in order and in encouraging our residents and businesses to do what they want. ‘they can too. “



Hopefully more wildflowers will grow to encourage pollinators
Hopefully more wildflowers will grow to encourage pollinators

The council’s initiative is also in line with Kent County Council‘s “Plan Bee” action plan to protect food sources and pollinator habitats.

Susan Carey, a member of the Kent County Council’s cabinet for the environment, described it as “designed to reverse the decline” of pollinators in the county.

“Achieving this goal depends not only on the action of KCC, but also on that of the residents and businesses of Kent,” she said.

“We are delighted to see the work being done by Folkestone and Hythe District Council, which fully supports Kent’s Plan Bee’s ambitions.”



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