A new pilot project Nature Isn’t Neat will be launched during Monmouth Town’s Bee Festival at The Nelson’s Garden on Sunday May 19th. The pollinator project provides communities with information and ideas to encourage more and more bees, butterflies and other insects to populate and pollinate gardens, meadows, hedgerows and verges.

The project has been funded via the Welsh Government Rural Communities under the LEADER measure of the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 aims to encourage the public to think about how they can protect species that help provide a vast amount of food.

The project, based in Monmouth is led by Monmouth Town Council in partnership with local experts from Bees for Development, Transition Monmouth, Bee Friendly Monmouthshire and Monmouth Meadow Group. The project is supported by Monmouthshire County Council and will run until June 2020.

The project is looking for residents, local schools and community groups to get involved and join the Twitter or Face book pages. It provides an opportunity for communities to share what is already happening to boost pollination in Monmouthshire.

Cllr Bryan Jones Cabinet Member for Biodiversity said:

‘Pollinators are so important to help our environment thrive, Nature Isn’t Neat is a great example of how groups can work together to make a positive impact in the county. We pride ourselves with our commitment to biodiversity in Monmouthshire we are constantly looking at the ways we can positively manage our green spaces to encourage bees, butterflies, flora and fauna to visit. I encourage residents of all ages to think about what they plant, no matter how big or small your garden the new project can help you make a difference.’

There are many ways to find out how to make a positive impact or find out what existing activities are taking place via the Nature Isn’t Neat social media channels: Follow @natureisntneat on Twitter and Nature Isn’t Neat on Facebook.

Residents are encouraged to take part in a short survey to find out how much communities understand about pollinators and what the project can do to help increase awareness and pollinators in Monmouthshire. The survey is available:

https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/nin/

More activities, regular updates on social media, workshops and competitions will take place in coming months.  For more information contact NiN@monmouthshire.gov.uk.