We have been working on this amazing project with Blessington Tidy Towns (BTT) since January. A big component of this was the delivery of a community wildlife/pollinator education programme to arm residents with the tools needed to create this Bee Route. We were so impressed at the volunteerism shown by over 30 people each week; residents and non-residents of Blessington, who attended these Zoom workshops over a 4 week period.
We have also been working on designing and branding a pollinator starter pack for Blessington residents and this is now complete! A Blessington Tidy Towns Bee Route (BTTBR) Tote bag, a BTTBR branded step-by-step flier on all aspects of pollinator friendly gardening, native Irish wildflower seeds, a BTTBR branded Resource Document of practical links, Guides and publications; and some nice pollinator friendly plants.
When these packs are delivered, participating Blessington residents will register their pollinator friendly garden on the Pollinator.ie website and also take part in some of the lovely Citizen Science projects monitoring the effectiveness of their pollinator space on attracting bees and other wildlife to their garden.
Well done Blessington Tidy Towns on such a fantastic initiative and congratulations to all the participants who completed their 4 week training! We can’t wait to see photographs of the Bee Route in action!