Antrim Forum gets buzzy to help our pollinators!

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council gets to work to restore a native wildflower meadow at Antrim Forum Recreation Centre.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; ‘I enjoyed helping to sow the wildflower seeds with local school pupils from Antrim and St Comgall’s Primary Schools. The pupils knew a lot about wildflowers and how they can help to provide food for pollinating insects.’

Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association member, Ivor Falls, helped with the sowing, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed learning about our native wildflowers. I learnt how to restore a wildflower meadow and the local school pupils were very enthusiastic.’

Antrim Primary pupils, Grace Connolly and Grace Laithwaite said, ‘We loved going to the Antrim Forum to sow wildflowers. It made us think more about our environment and what we can do to help pollinating insects.’

The wildflower meadow restoration is the first ‘Bee-licious’ site for the Council, a three year project designed to restore our native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects, including bumblebees, solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and beetles, is being delivered in partnership with seven other Councils across Northern Ireland.

Pollination is the transfer of pollen between flowers enabling plants to set seed and bear fruit. Crops such as apples, raspberries, beans, clover and oilseed rape all benefit from pollination and without it, many would fail. Essential for the production of food, it is estimated that our pollinators contribute £1.8bn to the UK’s farming economy every year.