updated 21st February 2013
by Angela Lambert

rhs perfect for pollinators logo

Meadowmat wild flower matting has received a huge compliment from the Royal Horticultural Society who have permitted
Q Lawns to use the RHS Perfect for Pollinators logo with this popular landscaping material.

The number of pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths has been in decline for at least 50 years.  In that time, at least 2 species of bee have become extinct and according to a recent study conducted by the Zoological Society of London, Bumblebees, beetles and butterflies are at greater risk of extinction than lions and tigers.

What is a pollinator?

bee on knapweedA pollinator is a creature that transfers pollen from one plant to another, allowing flowers to become fertilized and able to produce seeds or fruit.  Around 1/3 of the food we eat has been produced with the aid of a pollinating insect….so they’re awfully important.

One of the main factors in the disappearance of pollinating insects is thought to be loss of habitat. These creatures cannot feed solely on our food crops. That would be like us relying on shops that only open during May and June. Butterflies and moths in particular, also need food plants for their lavae and a safe place to overwinter.

The RHS have recognized the importance of pollinators, not just for food and farming but for ecology, biodiversity and the environment in general, and so they have compiled a list of plants that are good for gardens and good for insects too.

Creating habitat for pollinators

Meadowmat is a mixture of 34 different species of native grasses and flowering plants.   It is a good source of pollen and nectar during spring and summer and it provides a safe place for hibernating insects to spend the winter.  Some of the plant species in Meadowmat are also the preferred food of some caterpillars and other insect lavae.

Installing Meadowmat wild flower matting in gardens, on road verges and in public parks is a great way to help stop the decline in pollinating insects and a fascinating way for us all to reconnect with nature.