Whittington Park Meadow (River of Flowers North London) Photo Credit: River of Flowers
If you visit London, you may just notice trails of flowers winding through the city humming with pollinators. River of Flowers is the brainchild of Kathryn Lwin and while started in London, it now winds through much of the U.K. and is currently expanding into Europe and North America. The idea is simple and starts with the desire to create a connecting pathway of flowering plants for pollinators. Then you find and map three wild spaces in the area and finally partner with the local community to plant the areas in between with flowering plants.
In more detail however, they provide a number of guidelines on their websites which address the pollinators needs more than simply providing flowers. Among those are using “native, wild plants of known origin”, being pesticide free, connecting of wild spaces to urban spaces to food spaces and being properly maintained.
In addition to the main project, they also promote several other campaigns; Pesticide free cities which aims to cut pesticide use, Exchanging spaces which promotes creating new space for wildflowers or food growing when space is lost due to new construction, Pollen sense which brings together artists and scientists to spread the message about the important connection between pollinators and ourselves and finally #nomow which is a campaign on Twitter aimed at creating habitat on roadside verges by encouraging local municipalities to cut back their mowing.
I was interested in this ambitious project and contacted Kathryn to learn more about River of Flowers. Continue reading »