Plants for Bugs on TV

The pollinator results have been a big hit with the press, making it onto BBC Gardeners' World

There's been some great publicity around the announcement of our Plants for Bugs first results paper earlier this month. It certainly has got people talking about the issues around native and non-native planting. On Facebook alone our posts have reached more than 91,000 people, with nearly 8,000 engagements (that's a lot of people talking!).

But perhaps the greatest achievement was with a piece on Gardeners' World on Fri 14 August with presenter James Wong and RHS's very own Dr Andrew Salisbury discussing the results. If you missed it, there's still just about time to view it on the BBC website.

To mark the occasion of this first paper we have also been celebrating with those who have played a role in the project, either past or present. Last week we held a 'thank you' event at RHS Garden Wisley where volunteers, RHS staff, representatives of the Wildlife Gardening Forum and academics came to enjoy a morning of tours and talks, finished off with a fine lunch.

For the record...

We beat the rain by bringing forward the plot tour to the start of the morning and even managed a spot of pollinator recording so everyone could try their hand at the sampling technique used for this first paper.

Plants of particular interest to pollinators included the towering Joe Pye weed on the Northern Hemisphere plots and the devil's tobacco, Lobelia tupa, on the Southern Hemisphere beds. What's left in your garden that's bringing in the pollinators?
 

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