Went to the launch of Mad about Meadows yesterday, a project to increase meadows across London, that draws its inspiration from the wildflower meadows that will form a centrepiece of the Olympic Park. Thank goodness however that there were no plans to create a gimmickie 2012 new meadows by 2012 . This project is about pulling together and encouraging and promoting groups already doing this work such as London Wildlife Trust and River of Flowers and trying to get Londoners to create mini-meadows in their gardens, window boxes and on roof terraces.
One brilliant suggestion was that we should also use the project to help the struggling Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum) which is endangered and is now only found in the Thames Gateway area where the Olympic site is located. It likes to eat red clover of which there is not currently enough.