London Mayor Boris Johnson should encourage pollinator-friendly projects says new report

A report by a London Assembly member is urging London Mayor Boris Johnson to promote pollinator-friendly environments in the capital.

In Thinking Outside the Hive: supporting London’s pollinators James Cleverly, the member for Bexley and Bromley recommends Johnson uses his Pocket Parks scheme to encourage communities to make their parks pollinator friendly.

The scheme provides grants to community groups which want to transform neglected areas into green spaces.

He also thinks that the Mayor should encourage London’s borough councils to use insect-friendly tree species when benefitting from the Mayor’s Street Trees scheme.

Cleverly said: "Our research shows that the number of pollinating insects such as honeybees are showing healthy numbers. What needs to be worked on is getting the right mix of plants to ensure that the increase in insect numbers is sustained over the long term.

"The Mayor and the boroughs must use their joint clout to facilitate the growing of trees and other plants that will support the insects and cement the view that London leads the country in urban wildlife protection."

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