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 Update Meeting with Simon Lewis (Manager)

& Nick Butler (Head Bee Keeper)

Grosvenor Landscape Team (GLT)

 

April 9th 2015 

 

The Grosvenor Landscape Team won the Sustainability Award at the Belgravia Awards in January 2015.  Here are some more initiatives and ideas coming out of this very active team of gardeners in Belgravia.

 

Bees - coming out of hibernation imminently and Nick is looking forward to working with them.  Hives have recently been installed at the top of Grosvenor’s Head office in Mayfair.  Nick and his team are still looking for new locations atop roofs to place hives 

 

Bug houses/hotels - initiatives to focus on.  The GLT want to encourage school children and anyone keen to build log piles for the insects to move in.  See page 30 in current Sloane Square magazine on a neighbouring state of the art V I P initiative in Cadogan Gardens.

Also read ‘Plants for bugs’ by the RHS – here

Bats in Eaton Square - constantly monitored and thriving

Light pollution is an ongoing concern and the team is experimenting with different bulbs and filters.  Pipistrelle, the bat species of the year 2015 read here

 

Birds need a variety of seeds to eat and with summer coming up, they need plenty of water to drink too.  Useful advice on what to feed on the RSPB website here

Teachers and School children can identify birds in the school grounds by downloading the RSPB – ‘what birds can you see’ handy guide here

 

Bird Boxes – feathered residents in Belgravia are being given V.I.P. treatment with the use of different types of bird boxes.  Suitable boxes are being selected and located in strategic areas to attract a variety of birds.  For example, Robin boxes to attract Robins; Blue tits are smaller than other birds and therefore need the appropriate sized home!  Get involved in the ‘birdbox project’- visit their website here

 

Butterfly conservation – identify pockets of planting to attract a variety of butterflies

 

·       Establish natural gardenssome areas may be deliberately set aside to look untidy, but please consider why this should be done. Hedges, vegetation and natural habitats attract a host of wild life and small mammals such squirrels and field mice

Ways to attract wildlife to the garden by the RHS click here

 

Greenery - placed in and around Westminster as a source of food and pollination and a mix of flowers and plants as near as possible to hives, so bees do not starve.  Planting schemes are being actively sought to focus on pollination and food sources.  Go Green is a Westminster Council initiative focusing on a wide-ranging programme of environmental schemes and projects.  For further information visit their website here

 

Mulching – worming composting, water plants with left over tea and still lemonade!  Encourages healthy growth of plants.  Read expert advice on ‘Mulch-What It Is and Which Mulch Should you Use Where?here

 

Parklets - identify unloved spaces for parklets, please notify us if you can suggest a location and we will inform the GLT to investigate

 

·       Roof Terraces - plenty of greenery to be designed for the express purpose of conservation. Creating Corridors and utilizing spaces for flora and fauna.  If you are considering a roof terrace then think conservation!

 

Talks on Environment and Sustainability in Schools – explain about conservation and impact on environment.  Please contact us for further details if you know anyone or would like to give an informative talk to a local school

 

Water sources should be installed, water features / bowls / butts / fountains for birds, insects and wildlife to drink either in gardens or public squares / spaces

 

Window boxes - positively being encouraged to attract insects and butterflies rather than just for show

 

 

Don’t forget Open Gardens Squares Weekend On 13th & 14th June 2015

 

Click here for all the details on which squares are open in Belgravia

From the Conservation Team at the Belgravia Society

conservation@BelgraviaSociety.org