We are on track for setting up three beehives at the site and we have been prioritising one crucially important task: planting the entire area with bee friendly plants and flowers. Creating forage for pollination is one of the most important biological processes on the planet, as pollination fertilises and produces the next generation of plants including the fruit and crops that we all eat. Additionally, and so importantly, increasing the green space around us is combating climate change as plants and soil absorb carbon emissions from the air.
Adur and Worthing Council have kindly donated 28 plug trays and four 50L bags of peat compost alongside sachets of ‘much needed’ meadow seed. The local community have also generously donated a good variety of bee forage but as we have such a large area to cover with the good green stuff – we still need your help! If you have any of the following plants lying spare in your gardens and can pot them up for us to plant that would be amazing. There are some obvious and some quite obscure requests on our list but every little truly helps our Worthing bees. If you have anything you can spare, please contact us by clicking this link.
- Native cowslips / Native primroses / Autumn flowering ivy
- A variety of types of mint, thyme and lavender
- Lemon balm / Marjoram / Rosemary / Hyssop / Feverfew
- Chamomile / Hops / Heartsease/field pansy / Chicory
- A non invasive / native honeysuckle
- Teasel / Heather / Evening primrose / Woad / Sea aster
- Sea spinach / Sea kale / Thrift / Vipers bugloss / Birds foot trefoil
- Kidney vetch / Tufted vetch / Bush vetch / Yellow horned poppy / Sea campion
- Biting stonecrop / Wild thyme / Wild marjoram / Moon carrot / Small scabious
- Hoary plantain / Agrimony / Burnet saxifrage / Horseshoe vetch / Common mouse ear
- Common Centaury / Ladies bedstraw / Dog rose
As always your help, commitment and generosity is very much appreciated. In the end we are all working together, towards making our beautiful Worthing town a more vibrant, ecological, supportive and diverse place to live…..