We regularly cycle through Newlyn and love the route from Long Rock to Mousehole. However this year the route has become one of distraction at Newlyn Green. The abundance of wild flowers is such a spectacle.
Back in March 2015 Newlyn School pupils were invited to help plant wildflowers on Newlyn Green by The Friends of Bolitho Gardens and Newlyn Green. Four years on, supported by Cormac and Cornwall Council, they look incredible. The array of colour from red poppies, white daisies to yellow marigolds. So why are these flowers so important to how we live? Well its the buzzy bees….
I have always liked bees, but hadn’t really taken in the importance of these fine, almost perfect animals. Bees play such an important part of our environment as pollinators of flowers. Its obvious, but I had never realised, that bees are responsible for the food we eat, 30% to be exact. They have been around our Earth for over 150 million years and are probably at their peak of evolution. Unfortunately our environment and modern lifestyles are attacking the bees and their natural habitats. So we need to act, encourage the bees back, and raise awareness about their relevance to our livelihoods.
Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for the environment says: “We’ve lost so many insects and pollinators over the years and we’ve got to do something to put habitats back. So we’re creating wild flower corridors along our roads to help insects and pollinators flourish. This is very much part of the Council’s environmental growth strategy and the Pollinator Action Plan that we’re launching.” (www.cornwall.gov.uk). So wild flowers are being planted in Newlyn and many other places across Cornwall.
As I write this blog I am, (totally by coincidence), listening to an interview on Radio 6 with Wolfgang Buttress, a Nottingham-based artist who creates multi-sensory artworks. He is probably best known for his creation “Hive” in Kew Gardens, Hive is all about the plight of the bees. He is currently at Glastonbury with his new installation called BEAM. Buttress has teamed up with Greenpeace, and has connected to the activity of Michael Eavis’ famed Cornish black bee colonies which he has there, and is converting their mood and energy into light and sound. All very surreal, but give it a go if you are there. The music making bees sound so harmonious.
So if you want to see the flowers why not hop on a bike, cycle the coastal path and sit down on Newlyn Green an just enjoy the colour, the buzzing noise of the insects, oh, and the view of the Mount across the harbour. Keep your eyes peeled for the verges across the whole of Cornwall, which are full of flowers this time of year. I’ve never seen them so good.
Or if you’re at Glastonbury go and listen to the music of the bees, chill out from the hustle and bustle of the festival fever in the Greenpeace Field.
Interview: Wolfgang Buttress: Making Music With Bees with Mary Anne Hobbs BBC6
Cycling: Long Rock to Newlyn, National Cycle Route 3