The Royal Horticultural Society needs your help to identify which plants are best for pollinating insects like bees, lacewings and hoverflies.
A new research project carried out by the RHS in partnership with the University of Bristol is trying to identify the most commonly-planted pollinator-friendly plants, and assess how good UK gardens are for pollinators.
Fill out the RHS Survey this Summer
Gardeners can fill out an online survey this summer with details of their garden and the pollinator- friendly plants they grow. They’ll also be invited to nominate plants they’ve noticed attract bees and other pollinators, yet aren’t listed on the RHS’s Perfect for Pollinators list.
All gardeners are welcome to take part, whether they garden on a windowsill or in a city, to more traditional gardens. Ultimately the RHS wants to create a ‘champions league’ of the most pollinator- friendly garden plants.
‘This research will allow us to take a peek beyond the garden fence to get a better understanding of which of the tens of thousands of plants currently in cultivation are being grown, and what impact the plant choices gardeners make are having on pollinators,’ said RHS research leader Dr Stephanie Bird.
The survey runs till September with the results expected by the end of the year. To take part, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/RHSp4pSurvey.