London supports a wide diversity of wildlife habitats, including woodlands, rivers and wetlands, heaths, hedgerows, gardens and scrub, supporting over 13,000 species. London’s gardens provide valuable habitat for a range of wild plants and animals, covering nearly a quarter of Greater London. They are a key resource for conserving London biodiversity and are also important with regards to the predicted impact of Climate change by decreasing flood risk and reducing the urban heat island effect.

London Sustainability Exchange delivers projects that engage communities with their green spaces, providing education and activities that work towards conserving and supporting biodiversity in the capital.

Our work focuses on directly engaging the public because:

  • Gardens are a significant conservation resource, however their management is outside of government/authority control
  • Research shows 75% of young Londoners are not connected to nature

Last Year in Wandsworth we…

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We engaged around 120 people from 72 households
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12 community garden events held
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Strengthened community cohesion by 90%
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Facebook group with 82 members
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Strengthened community cohesion wellbeing by 85%
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Facebook group with over 180 posts
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95% participants feel more confident gardening at home
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Facebook group with 600 likes

Our Purpose

The purpose of London Sustainability Exchange’s (LSx) Pollinator Paths project is to connect local residents with nature, more specifically to encourage residents to embrace gardening and help foster green spaces for both their communities and local pollinators.

Even small spaces can help struggling pollinators, with the act of gardening helping to improve community cohesion and well-being.

No gardening experience is necessary to take part – just enthusiasm! In 2018 many spaces in Wandsworth were transformed into havens for pollinators. Check out our final Wandsworth blog here and have a look into this year’s happenings in Kensington and Chelsea.

2017

In 2017, the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) embarked on this pilot project aimed at supporting communities in Wandsworth to utilise their green spaces. You can find out more about this project by reading our case study.

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2018

Last year, Pollinator Paths was working with community gardens in Wandsworth to deliver pollinator paths and the guide communities through the process.

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2019

This year in Kensington and Chelsea you can get involved by connecting with local community gardens and transform green spaces (including your balcony) into havens for bees, butterflies and moths.

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Get Involved

Together we can transform our balconies & gardens into beautiful havens for flying pollinators – we can garden with our well-being, community, and wildlife in mind. By working with public gardens, community groups, resident associations and schools we’ll be spreading pollinator-friendly seeds, plants, and information. We can learn how to create forage and habitat for important pollinating species including the Spinach Moth, Mason Bee and various types of Hoverfly- but also harvest some edibles for ourselves in the process!

Do you live in Kensington and Chelsea? Interested in taking a first step into gardening for wildlife and pollinators? Become part of our network transform your borough. You can get involved by:

  • Attending future events in your local community gardens where we will share knowledge and skills of urban growing/biodiversity, and will be sharing some seed packets! There will also be opportunities to host a “plant pack” for your garden and contribute to creating a pollinator pathway in London.
  • Connecting with us online: Join and keep an eye out on the Pollintor Paths Kensington and Chelsea Facebook group where we can share events, experiences, and knowledge. Keep everyone updated on how your pollinator-friendly plants are doing and if you spot any bees hard at work on Instagram with #pollinatorpaths and connect on Twitter (#pollinatorpaths and @LSx_News).
  • If you are part of a community group or garden and would like to collaborate with LSx hosting pollinator-friendly events, distributing resources, running workshops etc. get in touch! We’d love to meet you.

Why is creating pollinator paths in London important?
Insects represent 80% of all species & they play a critical role in our food-chains by pollinating plants.

With recent global reports predicting ‘catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystem’, it is more important than ever to act now.

As cities modernise, the subsequent rise in hard surfaces being built leads to a decrease in the loss of garden spaces. With two-thirds of London’s front gardens being paved, it is no surprise that 75% of young people in London do not feel connected to nature. This loss of vegetation has seen a loss of forage and habitat for a range of wild plants and animals. Now is the time to unite to protect our pollinators & plant seeds for London to become a National Park City. Get involved in the project!

Any questions? Interested? Please contact Charlotte Hawthorne 020 7234 9401 c.hawthorne@lsx.org.uk.

Case Studies

Pollinator Paths – Wandsworth

Wandsworth Breathes