Making a Buzz around Castletown

Gentoo has been working alongside pupils from Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sainsbury’s and Buglife to plant wildflowers with the hope of attracting more insect pollinators in Castletown.

The wildflowers were planted as part of the ‘Making a B-Line for the North East Project’ and will provide a ‘feeding station’ for bumblebees, butterflies and other pollinating insects which are becoming scarcer in the UK. It will become one of many such areas around Sunderland and South Tyneside which are being created by Buglife, Gentoo and the council to help conserve these important insects.

In future years the plan is to plant bluebells, wood anemones and other spring flowering plants.

Michelle Meldrum, Managing Director (Gentoo Operations), said: “Projects like B-lines have a big part to play in our communities and they have a huge impact on the environment.  Well done to all of the pupils that helped and a special thanks to Sainsbury’s for their help and the refreshments that they provided.”

Claire Hornsby from the Academy said “It’s great to get some of our students involved in this project and making a difference to their local area. Hopefully over time we will see many more areas in Sunderland full of wildflowers.”

Paul Evans, Buglife’s B-Lines Manager, said “We are pleased that the B-Lines project is giving local children an opportunity to help the wildlife that lives all around them.  Our towns and cities are becoming more and more important for pollinators as they are disappearing from our countryside. By planting more wildflowers, Castle View Enterprise Academy is doing its bit to help and hopefully others will follow suit.”

The B-Lines project is across the UK to help increase the number of butterflies and bumblebees. It is hoped that more people, businesses and landowners will get involved to create a network of wildflower areas across the country.