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POLLINATOR PATHS

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 is running throughout 2017, developed by London Sustainability Exchange working with four hub gardens in Wandsworth Borough. TTT is thrilled to be in this partnership.

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.

 









In May we distributed plants to local people who had asked to join
Please see our blog posts here and here.

Anyone can stay in touch with the project (even if you are not growing 'project plants') by joining the PPW facebook group, here.

Anyone can follow the monthly blogs on the London Sustainability Exchange site about the PPW project.
The monthly blogs are available to read here

And anyone can join in the further monthly workshops about many aspects of growing and wildlife gardening.

The final PPW celebratory workshop for 2017 is on Saturday Nov 11th in the heart of Wandsworth. All welcome - families and children - to review what's been achieved, learn more and have some plant and insect-related fun!

To summarise the project programme:
  1.  The first phase was research into city microclimates, what insects to support and what to grow.  That happened in 2 free Design Workshops on Friday March 10th and Saturday March 11th Friday 10th workshop was be in Tooting and the Saturday 11th workshop was in Wandsworth Town, both running from 2:00 to 5:00.  
  2. Then we resourced the plants that we select to grow. A wonderful feature is that the plants have been grown by Share Community in Tooting, so they are locally-produced and transport and 'carbon footprint' have been minimal.Timber planting containers have also been made locally.  
  3. We’ll encourage local gardeners to be involved, and offer them plants which are suitable to their growing conditions. 
  4. Young plants were shared out in May to those taking part. 
  5. In summer we're all be growing the selected plants at our 60-plus different sites, noting what does well, what insects find the plots and sharing information, photos and stories on facebook and in the blogs.   
  6. We'll summarise the whole year's experiment and have a celebration at the end.
The project has been put together by London Sustainability Exchange working in depth with the various gardens.

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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