Grow your own fruit and vegetables
As we emerge from the pandemic to the ‘New Normal’, many have expressed a desire for the UK’s recovery to be one which creates a greener, cleaner, more caring society, where reversing climate change takes a higher priority.
It is within this context that there seems no better time for Waltham Forest to consider how growing food within the Borough might be prioritised in the years ahead.
Your opinion on this is important. Whether you already grow your own fruit and vegetables, have always wanted to but don’t know how, or have never considered it, we’d like to hear from you.
Waltham Forest Pollinator Action Plan consultation 2020
Our native pollinators include bees, butterflies, hoverflies, beetles and moths and they play an essential role in biodiversity and in the pollination of most of our food crops. One out of every three mouthfuls of food depend on native pollinators and their contribution to healthy ecosystems is vital.
The decline in pollinator populations is well documented and they are under threat from habitat loss, pesticide use and climate emergency.
There is an ever-increasing awareness that there is a need to help pollinators now as part of the challenges faced by the Climate Emergency and Waltham Forest Council is ready to play our part in reversing the decline.
We have produced for consultation a Pollinator Action Plan
By informing our community and making changes to the management of all our green spaces we can help support our pollinator population by committing to the following aims;
- Encouraging new, good quality green spaces as part of new developments, ensuring developers incorporate landscaping to support pollinators and bio diversity.
- Increasing awareness across every function of the Council, through policy and briefings.
- Protecting and enhancing habitats for pollinators. Ensure places that provide habitat are managed appropriately or increasing habitat with pollinator friendly planting or installing Bee and Bug hotels.
- Supporting and informing our communities, volunteer groups and schools to increase habitat and food sources for pollinators. For example, guides to planting wildflower areas or listing plants favoured for pollinators like lavender.
- Adapt maintenance of our greenspaces to increase bio diversity and habitat in our parks, open spaces and gardens. For example, reducing herbicide and pesticide use and allowing longer grass areas, encouraging native wildflowers like clover. We have developed longer grass and summer meadow regimes in Leyton Jubilee park, Ridgeway park, Lloyds Park, St James Park and Mansfield park.
- Identifying areas in the public realm that could be considered for biodiversity projects by greening vacant land and verges. We are evaluating highways verges and corner greens throughout the borough for sites to create more biodiverse pocket parks and parklets. We are also looking at replanting planters in our streets with pollinator friendly plants and shrubs for example planters in Woodhouse Road, Dyers Hall Road E11, and Station road Chingford
- Promote organisations and support initiatives for biodiversity and pollinating insects’ groups like Friends of the Earth, Bug Life, The Bumblebee Trust.
This consultation closed on Monday 2 March 2020.