What is a Pollinator Pathway?
With a growing population, increase in urbanisation and land clearing, we are losing the much needed natural habitat for our bees and pollinators. With this baron fragmented landscape, our pollinator friends struggle to survive and carry out their important work of pollination.
Pollinator pathways or corridors are designed with year round flowering native plants to connect pollinator species in developed and undernourished spaces. By utilising even the smallest of green spaces; window boxes, patios, nature strips and street gardens, we are creating ‘stepping stones’ for pollinators between larger habitats.
The Heart Gardening Project
So far, The Heart Gardening Project has created 17 street gardens, helped to create another 19, planted over 1000 plants in South Melbourne and given away over 350 pollinator-loving plants.
The main focus is the Melbourne Pollinator Corridor…linking 2 large green patches that run along the Birrarung, Westgate Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens
They aim to plant 18,000 indigenous plants into 200 gardens by end of 2023- click here to join in!
The South Melbourne Bee Garden
Emma and the wonderful community of South Melbourne have been working on The South Melbourne BEE Gardens since November 2019. There are many reasons these gardens have come about (see below for more on that) but the bushfires at the beginning of 2020 really gave Emma the kick up the butt to do something (now!) to help the environment in the heart of the city of Melbourne.
The South Melbourne BEE Gardens are Australia’s first public gardens dedicated to the sustenance of honey bees and native bees and habitat for native bees. BEE stands for Bees, Education and Environment.
Find out more by clicking the link or listening to Emma below.