Recently it has been reported by South Bedfordshire’s Friends of the Earth that the help British Flora gave to the Leighton Buzzard Station Project meant that a new area of wildlife habitat creation is to be the object of a visit from the Environment Minister this year.
British Flora stepped in as a sponsor when South Bedfordshire F O E needed some help to plant an area around Leighton Buzzard Station. It is now an established wildlife area and will be visited by the Environment Minister on Thursday 3rd July at around 9.15.
Victoria Harvey from South Beds Friends of the Earth has explained:
“Lord De Mauley who is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science, will be arriving at Leighton Buzzard station at 9.11 am with the local MP Andrew Selous and the Leader of the Town Council Cllr Perham and will go to platform one to see the wildlife area.”
“Lord de Mauley has been responsible for the National Pollinator Strategy which the Government should be launching in the next month or two. He is visiting about five areas in Leighton Buzzard to see the work in urban areas on creating bee habitats. He is here for about and hour and a half and will be taking the 10.53 train back to London. …. I am very keen that he sees the successes but becomes aware of what it takes to create such a project and how many people are involved. It is very easy for the government to think that creating wildlife areas is a straightforward process. “
Victoria goes on to say that..
“It would be great if Liz from British Flora (and Ecohab Consultancy) could be at platform one, the southern end on Leighton Buzzard station at 9 am to be ready for Lord De Mauley being there at about 9.12 There will also be some of our volunteers and Colin Carpenter from the Community Tree Trust and managers form London Midland.”
“….The key point is that when we started British Flora gave us advice and about 200 pounds worth of plugs and wildflower seed which made a huge difference. The wildflower mix that you sold and we used at our site by the River Ouzel was the best wildflower seed that I have used. ”
…..”Many thanks –Victoria”
For information on South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth www.southbedsfoe.co.uk