THE BUZZ around a Rugby park continued this week when it was handed its second national award in the space of a week.
Caldecott Park won a Bees’ Needs Award, which recognises parks and green spaces which have created pollinator-friendly environments to support the needs of bees and other pollinating insects – after winning a Green Flag award for cleanliness and management last week.
Rugby Borough Council’s parks and grounds team converted one of Caldecott Park’s large beds into a pollinator’s paradise, stocking it with a wide range of wild flowers.
The bed, established in 2013, has now become a popular haunt for a host of pollinating insects, including bees, beetles, butterflies and moths.
The Bees’ Needs Awards were launched this year as part of the Green Flag Awards and have the support of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its recently published National Pollinator Strategy.
The strategy was launched in a bid to combat declining numbers of bees and other pollinating insects.
Rugby Borough Council environment spokeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our environment but a number of factors have led to a decline in pollinator populations.
“We can all play a part in helping to address this decline and I’m delighted the council’s work to create a pollinator-friendly environment in Caldecott Park has been recognised with a Bees’ Needs Award.”
The Bees’ Needs Award marks a double success for Caldecott Park this summer after it received the prestigious Green Flag Award for an eighth year in a row.