Pollinator corridors are plantings designed for year-round flowering for a wide range of pollinators including native bees, butterflies and moths and birds.
Native bees only have a foraging distance of 500 metres, so providing year-round flowering (particularly December – April) in Summer when there are peak populations seeking a bee banquet of flowers!
ACT for Bees has been collaborating with Ginninderry development in West Belconnen to integrate pollinator corridors into the initial planning of the development and we’re very excited to have the support from the ACT Government for this proposal which will support local biodiversity as well.
We’ve just held a very successful event which attracted a broad range of people from Urban Design, Landscape Architect, Planning and Development Industries – both private and government sectors
The event was focused on increasing awareness of the importance of planting for urban sustainability, biodiversity and local food production and the opportunities and challenges faced through the process!
A wonderful opening address by Rebecca Vassarotti, the ACT Minister for the Environment and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction at ‘Planting for Pollinators in Urban Design’ in April 2021.
An overview of the issues for pollinators and what we can all do to support their health in Australian urban environments.
Karin Kemp of Redbox Design Group Landscape Architects outlines the details of how they planned for planting for year-round flowering for native bees at Ginninderry. Olivia shows a beautifully designed native bee hotel and pollinator garden at Kingston shops ACT.
A very good overview of Ginninderry development, and how they are creating a sustainable community of international significance in the Capital region. It will be sustainable over time, socially, economically and ecologically with a low and reducing ecological footprint: Ginninderry is the first development in the ACT to plant pollinator corridors in its planning process.
Cormac Farrell has advised on the plant species best suited for pollinator corridors with his extensive experience as an environmental scientist and beekeeper. He is also known as the Chief Beekeeper for the Australian Parliament House and oversees many beehives around Canberra. His presentation is focused on maintaining and enhancing diverse, productive pollinator networks in urban environments.
Rachael Dawes, head of the ACT Government Urban Treescapes designs and plans the extensive roadside planting in the ACT. Her presentation shows the wide range of resources available to guide the choice of plants for our gardens, school gardens and wider community including food for pollinators, habitat for local wildlife, cooling and cleaning the air, improving the liveability of our streetscapes and enhancing community wellbeing.