Radstock Town Council are delighted to have been awarded funding from The West of England Combined Authority “Bee Bold” Pollinator Fund.

The Fund has been created to support community-led ecology projects that enhance biodiversity and pollinator habitats across the West of England region, the funds objectives are to:

· To create and enhance the biodiversity in the area with an emphasis on improving pollinator habitats to contribute towards the regional ambition to increase the abundance of wildlife by 2030.

· To raise awareness and empower communities to take action to address the ecological emergency.

The project will be known as “Southfield Community Garden” and will be sited at Southfield Recreation Ground, a greenspace for the community managed by the Town Council.

The Town Council are delighted to be working in partnership with Radstock in Bloom to deliver this fantastic project.

At its heart, the project will revitalise a former play area into a Community Garden with an emphasis on creating pollinator habitats. An educational classroom area will be installed to raise awareness and empower the community to address the current ecological emergency and teach all how they can play their part to support bees and pollinators in our area.

Across the wider area there will be extensive planting of a wide variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowers and shrubs with a focus to ensure the planting covers the whole year with particular emphasis on Spring and Summer.

The project will encourage the support of volunteers and will encourage the involvement of local residents, community groups and partners. Local schools will be invited to take part too.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact us, we would love to hear from you.

Our first work party days will be at the project site at Southfield Recreation Ground on: Thursday, 16th February 2023, from 10am – 2 pm and Monday, 27th February 2023 from 10am – 2 pm.

Come along and volunteer, all are welcome.

We look forward to sharing further updates as the project develops.

For further information, contact us:[email protected] - 01761 437962 - www.radstock-tc.gov.uk or [email protected]