Volunteer week 2016 launched the Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit
As part of National Volunteers Week, Better Bankside and sustainability consultancy Eight Associates launched the "Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit".
Local residents and people from local businesses joined us for a fun lunchtime gardening volunteering session helping to spruce up some unloved tree pits, creating habitats for insects and bees. Volunteers also made wildflower filled 'seed-bombs' to take away. These can be thrown into other unloved spaces, perhaps on the volunteers commute home, helping to give nature a home in Bankside and beyond.
The Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit highlights the many ways anyone can get involved to 'green' their urban environment. From guerrilla gardening, building bat and bird boxes to creating mini-meadows and rain gardens, this practical mini-guide has been carefully designed to improve three target areas in Bankside:
- Aesthetics - the patches of green scattered around the area help brighten up the grey city buildings and roads, especially when the Bankside flower boxes are in bloom.
- Well-being - the greening of Bankside will lead to a healthier, happier Borough. Recent studies have shown that urban green spaces are good for people's well-being, having a sustained positive effect on their lives.
- Urban wildlife - although not immediately obvious, the city is full of species that live in this urban environment. However due to loss of habitat, there have been declines in the number of birds, insects and mammals; action is needed to save them.
Access the Ecology Toolkit here.
In addition to this session as part of Volunteers Week, Better Bankside's Bankside Urban Forest initiative have been running monthly lunchtime gardening sessions for local workers and residents. Due to the success of the programme, we're now running our gardening groups every first and third Wednesday of the month from 12.30 - 1.30pm.
If you could do with a welcome lunchtime break away from your desk, find out more and sign up here!