Torfaen flower corridor aims to boost bee numbers

South Wales Argus: Sowing seeds, (left to right) Cllr Stuart Ashley, cllr Bob Wellington, Cllr John Cunningham, and Cllr David Daniels. Sowing seeds, (left to right) Cllr Stuart Ashley, cllr Bob Wellington, Cllr John Cunningham, and Cllr David Daniels.

A CORRIDOR of wild flowers, designed to turn Torfaen into a friendlier place for bees and other insects, has been planted between Cwmbran and Blaenavon.

Work to prepare the ground for planting began in mid-March.

Now a mix of wild flowers including poppies, fairy toadflax and bishop’s flower should begin to bloom in the next three to four weeks.

Pollinators, which include bees, wasps, butterflies, hoverflies and moths, are an essential part of the food chain.

They have an estimated value of around £430 million per year to the UK crop market, and the value of honey produced in Wales alone is thought to be around £2 million per year.

Declining populations of pollinators has become a growing concern across the world and increasing their numbers in Wales is a priority for the Welsh Government.

The leader of Torfaen council, Cllr Bob Wellington, said: “Without insects to pollinate our plants we would have no food to eat – it is that simple.

“This wild flower corridor will create new habitats for pollinating insects and help increase their numbers in Torfaen.

“It will also create a visually stunning stretch of colour throughout the county, and I am sure that when these flowers come to bloom they will be enjoyed by residents and visitors.”

In addition to planting wild flowers, the council is also reducing the frequency with which is cuts certain areas of grassland that are not already being used.

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8:32am Sat 10 May 14

indy2012 says...

When your rubbish bins are overflowing, please refrain from depositing your waste on our wild flower areas, there are country lanes for that sort of thing.
Wild flowers to look at when traveling along the road, beautiful.
Rubbish to look at when traveling along the road after our recycle bins have been emptied ......well I will leave that one with you.
When your rubbish bins are overflowing, please refrain from depositing your waste on our wild flower areas, there are country lanes for that sort of thing. Wild flowers to look at when traveling along the road, beautiful. Rubbish to look at when traveling along the road after our recycle bins have been emptied ......well I will leave that one with you. indy2012
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8:54am Sat 10 May 14

localtrader2 says...

I have seen plenty of bees in Cwmbran recently. A lot of money spent when discussions are in place to change our bin collections to monthly. Ok it will help the wild life, rats, maggots and flies etc
I have seen plenty of bees in Cwmbran recently. A lot of money spent when discussions are in place to change our bin collections to monthly. Ok it will help the wild life, rats, maggots and flies etc localtrader2
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8:23am Sun 11 May 14

indy2012 says...

Really on the ball our Bob, "without insects to pollinate our plants we would have no food to eat - its that simple". Only four things simple in this article Bob.
Glad to see that biology lessons weren't wasted on you Bob.
Nice to see all four councillors out doing their bit for Torfaen,all be it a very small bit. Lads if you are going to do gardening dress appropriately, not dress like you are going to a photo shoot, and Daniel you can go back to bed now, to look like that you must have been up before 11.30 am.
Really on the ball our Bob, "without insects to pollinate our plants we would have no food to eat - its that simple". Only four things simple in this article Bob. Glad to see that biology lessons weren't wasted on you Bob. Nice to see all four councillors out doing their bit for Torfaen,all be it a very small bit. Lads if you are going to do gardening dress appropriately, not dress like you are going to a photo shoot, and Daniel you can go back to bed now, to look like that you must have been up before 11.30 am. indy2012
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