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The ‘Bee Kind’ signs dotted around Folkestone and Hythe and what they’re for

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Folkestone & Hythe District Council has launched an environmental campaign in order to protect pollinators.

'Bee Kind' signs have been placed in areas where grass has been allowed to grow so that wildflowers can thrive.

It is hoped that these will attract bees and other pollinators to the sites.

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Additionally, the council is using four trial sites where there will be reduced cutting of roadside verges to further encourage the insects.

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Verges in Folkestone’s Southern Way, Churchill Avenue, Cherry Garden Lane and Tile Kiln Lane are included currently.

Alongside this council-owned sites have been identified where the mowing regime could benefit the district's biodiversity.

All designated area are planned to have a conservation cut in the autumn as part of the programme.

The cutting of roadside verges has been reduced to encourage pollinators

This action is just one part of Folkestone & Hythe District Council's attempt to make positive environmental change after declaring a climate and ecological emergency two years ago.

Cllr Lesley Whybrow, F&HDC Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “When we announced our commitment to net-zero carbon emissions we knew it was not going to be an easy and instant fix.

“But we have a carbon action plan – as endorsed by cabinet – and we are confident that progress is being made to putting our own house in order and working towards encouraging our residents and businesses to do what they can too.”

It is hoped that more wildflowers will grow to encourage pollinators

The council's initiative is also in line with Kent County Council's 'Plan Bee' action plan to protect food sources and habitats for pollinators.

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey described this as being "designed to reverse the decline" of pollinators in the county.

“Achieving this relies not just on the action of KCC but also that of Kent’s residents and businesses," she said.

“We’re delighted to see the work being done by Folkestone and Hythe District Council which very much supports the ambitions of Kent’s Plan Bee."

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