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Pollinator Paths Wandsworth - a new project for 2017 linking gardeners across the borough to experiment with planting that benefits insects

This is a new and innovative project that will run throughout 2017.

Pollinator Paths Wandsworth is all about encouraging local gardeners to establish small patches as wildlife havens. We're encouraging many gardeners to grow selected varieties of plants which are in turn good forage for insects. Think herbs - bulbs - summer flowers - fruit bushes - perennials: so many attractive plants are good for insects and a pleasure for us!

If you live in the Tooting area, then you'll be linked with our Tooting Community Garden for plant collection and support. We look forward to meeting you!
Several community gardens are involved, so it's going to be a good project for strengthening growing links across the borough. 

We're mixing growing with citizen science: we'll research the 'microclimates' of London plots, balconies and windowboxes for both growing and for insects, we'll share the results and we'll take part in a fascinating and fun practical experiment together.

Individuals, families and schools can get involved - anyone with a plot even if very small - and beginners are welcome as we'll share all the how-tos.
Why benefit insects? Maybe it sounds backwards to plant for the benefit of insects, but suitable habitat and forage are both reducing across London.

The project programme:
  1. The first phase is research into city microclimates, what insects to support and what to grow. 
  2. That happens in 2 free Design Workshops on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th - all welcome to join one of the events on whichever date suits. Friday 10th workshop will be in Tooting and the Saturday 11th workshop in Wandsworth Town, both running from 2:00 to 5:00.
  3. Then we'll resource the plants that we select to grow.
  4. We’ll encourage local gardeners to be involved, and offer them plants which are suitable to their growing conditions
  5. The young plants will be shared out in May to those who are taking part. Tooting Community Garden's plant-sharing day is Sunday May 21st at 5 North Drive, SW16 1RN
  6. In summer we'll all be growing the selected plants at our different sites: noting what does well, what crops we get, what insects find the plots and sharing information on facebook and on our blogs.
  7. We'll summarise the year's experiment and have a celebration at the end.
How to get involved? Please confirm by Thursday April 13th
  • You can email us at TTT or talk to us at the Tooting Community Garden or another TTT event
Plus: There's an extra ingredient of creativity being stirred into the pot. 
The plant-sharing in May will be part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe, and as part of the Fringe there will be free family arts events linked to Pollinator Paths at each of the gardens.

The project has been put together by London Sustainability Exchange working in depth with the various gardens. TTT is thrilled to be in this partnership.

Click here for the flyer and click here for the information sheet.

NB the Tooting Community Garden postcode is actually SW16 1RN

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