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Brighten up the streets, encourage biodiversity – download the Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit


As part of National Volunteers Week, Business Improvement District Better Bankside and sustainability consultancy Eight Associates are launching the “Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit”, a practical mini-guide with tips on guerrilla gardening, creating mini-meadows and rain gardens, and building bat and bird boxes. The toolkit highlights the many ways anyone can get involved to ‘green’ their urban environment.

It is well recognised that a little more greenery in urban settings makes for happier, healthier people. The toolkit was created by the Ecologists at Eight Associates after being inspired by the work of Better Bankside’s monthly urban gardening group and their Bankside Urban Forest initiative.

To celebrate the launch of the Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit, join Better Bankside and Eight Associates outside Union Viet, at the junction of Ewer Street and Union Street on Wednesday 8 June from 12.30-2pm for a lunchtime of activities aimed at improving urban wildlife and pick up a free pack of native wildflower seeds.

“The aim of the gardening club is to show people how they can directly make Bankside a better place to live, work and visit, plus meet like-minded people and get a sense of personal well-being, just by using a lunchtime once a month” said Valerie Beirne, Better Bankside’s Urban Forest Manager.

“It’s amazing what’s achievable, even on the smallest scale, and how easy it is to be part of it” she added.

“The toolkit is just a starting point for sharing tips about how to brighten up our streets, create new habitats and encourage biodiversity in Bankside and beyond” said Tom Luck, sustainability consultant and Arboriculturist at Eight Associates. “It’s equally applicable in any urban setting”.

Interested in attending on Wednesday 8 June? Email by Tuesday 7 June.

Click here to download Better Bankside Ecology Toolkit.