Creating a buzz in a bid to save local bee population

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There was a buzz around Leighton Buzzard last week as a government minister dropped in to see work done on preserving wildlife.

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley had been invited to see the work of Keep The Buzz in Leighton Buzzard, a project between the town council and South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth to preserve the habitat for bees and butterflies.

So far 10 bee and butterfly friendly habitats have been created around the town.

Lord De Mauley and Andrew Selous MP visited five sites, platform 1 at Leighton Buzzard station, the War Memorial gardens on Mentmore Road, the area by the canal in Mentmore Gardens, along the banks of Clipstone Brook in Parsons Close and the River Uuzel by Leighton Middle school and at each site met organisations, including schools, preschools, local retailers, local businesses and local residents. who have been crucial in creating areas of wildflowers

He also met the John Commont of the Coal Wildlife trusts who have recently held a triaging day with the town council on how to manage grassland to support wildlife.

Lord de Mauley said: “It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers in Leighton Buzzard, and the excellent results of their close work with businesses, NGOs and local government.

“This kind of volunteer-led activity is exactly what the government wants to build on through its National Pollinator Strategy, to be announced in the autumn.”

Victoria Harvey, coordinator of South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth. says “These habitats are due to the whole community working together. When I was a child there were lots of wildflowers and bees and butterflies , but

now there are so few. I want the children of today to be able to enjoy what i had as a child.”