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Protecting the pollinators in North Norfolk

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Plant Lovers' Day, at Creake Abbey, on Saturday, will have a special focus of protecting the garden pollinators.

Now in its 15th year, this popular horticultural event will show visitors how they can garden in support of the UK’s declining numbers of pollinators - honeybees or bumblebees, wasps and hornets, hoverflies, ladybirds, butterflies, moths or even slugs.

These pollinators create the next generation of plants and are therefore vital to the support of UK food production and also for capturing carbon from the atmosphere.

pollinating plants
pollinating plants

A recent study by the Royal Horticultural Society noted that UK gardens are a vital source of nectar sugar for pollinators and that gardens are accountable for 85% of all nectar sugar in urban landscapes. The report found that larger gardens don’t always fulfil their potential for producing nectar sugar due to their use of non-nectar rich lawns. However, smaller gardens, packed with a wide variety of plants are much more beneficial, something that Creake Abbey’s Plant Lovers’ Day is perfectly positioned to help with.

Diana Scott, founder of Creake Abbey, said: ‘We are particularly interested in offering visitors to Plant Lovers’ Day the widest range of plants to support our local insect life. This means plants that flower at different times and also with different flower structures – moths and butterflies love flowers with long corolla tubes, such as fuchsias, buddleias and salvias, as their long tongues can reach the nectar. But these flowers are inaccessible to many other insects such as bees and wasps, which prefer a more open flower structure. With the correct planning, care and attention, our gardens should fizz with plant and insect life."

The event runs from 10am to 4pm.

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