Cardiff Met is Officially 'Bee Friendly'

​04/12/2017

​The University is celebrating after achieving 'bee friendly' status, thanks to its environmental work across both campuses and with the local community.

Bee Friendly is a Welsh Government initiative, believed to be the first in the world aimed at encouraging people to help pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

The Cardiff Met Green Spaces project was commended by Welsh Government's 'Action Plan for Pollinators Task Force' scheme.

Over the past year, the University has planted a wide selection of meadow flowers, selected specifically for their pollinating qualities, across both campuses, in order to encourage the local bee population and attract other wildlife. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and attract many other types of pollinating insects.

Raising awareness of environmental issues and sharing information about how to get involved with sustainable initiatives is an important element of the Green Spaces project and free 'Green' workshops for staff and students are held monthly in the University's outdoor learning centre, sharing information on a range of topics including bee keeping, urban chicken keeping, sustainable textiles, natural dyeing and printing, and city crops.

Staff and student volunteers have transformed a dedicated space of protected ancient woodland at Cyncoed campus into a community space for all to enjoy and have established a vegetable garden on Llandaff campus as part of a wider Community gardens project.

Rachel Roberts, Environmental performance Manager at Cardiff Met said: "We actively support local wildlife populations across our university sites and are delighted that our environmental efforts have been recognised through the 'bee friendly' initiative.

"We are committed to helping bees and other pollinators thrive in urban areas, which in turn, makes our campuses nicer places for all to enjoy. We have placed planters and increased seating areas around both campuses to encourage staff and students to enjoy the dedicated areas of wild flowers and we hope that many will be inspired to get involved with our 'Green spaces' project as it develops."