IT’S A BUGS LIFE IN WYTHENSHAWE TOWN CENTRE AS BIODIVERSITY PROJECT KICKS OFF WITH A BUZZ

Wythenshawe Town Centre are introducing an ‘Urban Buzz’ project which will include several initiatives to encourage biodiversity such as the introduction of Bug Hotels, bat boxes and the planting of 1,000 bulbs to create a brighter, greener space in which wildlife will thrive.

The project aims to promote biodiversity within the Town Centre, help their pollinators and add some areas of colour to the scheme. By planting 1,000 bulbs across the Centre, the team will also decrease the Town Centre’s overall carbon footprint by reducing the amount of mowing conducted in the areas whilst the bulbs are in bloom.

The team will also utilise material reclaimed from around the centre to build two large bug hotels as part of the project. The bug hotels will provide a great place for insects to live, lay their eggs and hibernate whilst also encouraging pollination. The health of our natural ecosystems is fundamentally linked to the health of our bees and other pollinators which are vital to allow plants to fruit, set seed and breed. So, by encouraging pollination in Wythenshawe, the team will in turn help to provide food and habitats for a range of other creatures.

Five separate bat boxes have also been installed in key areas of the Centre to promote further wildlife to join area. By providing bat boxes the team will increase opportunities for roosting bats, particularly within the town centre where there are currently very few existing roosting locations. Bats play an essential role in pest control, pollinating plants, and dispersing seeds, and are therefore vital to Wythenshawe’s eco-system.

The project is being carried out by volunteers from within Wythenshawe Town Centre and their landscaping partners at Countrywide Grounds Maintenance. The team members at Countrywide are getting involved free of charge to assist in the planting of the bulbs to create a brighter, greener space at the Centre in which wildlife can thrive naturally.

Daniel Davis, Wythenshawe Town Centre’s Centre Manager, commented: “Wythenshawe Town Centre is at the heart of our local community and we are always looking for ways in which we can improve our environment and ensure that Wythenshawe is a positive, green space for residents and visitors – both human and other! It’s been a tough time for everybody recently, so we hope this project will spread some positivity locally whilst also looking after our wildlife and lessening our carbon footprint to provide a brighter future for generations to come.”

Rob Howard, Regional Manager at Countrywide Grounds maintenance added, “Countrywide Manchester have enjoyed working collaboratively with Wythenshawe Town Centre to provide first rate grounds maintenance over the years. In that time, I have built up a fantastic working relationship with the team, delivering high spec quality grounds maintenance at the Centre.”

He continued, “Countrywide Manchester is proactively committed to delivering Social Value within the environment that we work in, so when Daniel Davis approached me, asking for my support with the Wythenshawe Pollination Project, I was delighted to commit my company and time to this positive endeavour. Planting bulbs and creating Bug Hotels will enhance our natural wildlife, encourage biodiversity, and bring enormous pleasure to those living, working, and visiting the area. It is my pleasure to ensure that Daniel’s vision is realised.”

Wythenshawe Town Centre are will also be putting a vote out on their social media channels to ask for your opinion on the winning bug hotel build, so keep your eyes peeled!

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