COVID-19: Bedford Borough Council Urges Caution This Weekend

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Action to Help Bugs and Bees

Bugs and Bees

We have announced measures which will see the planting of new hedgerows and increased areas of natural grass and wildflower meadows.


Wildflower species such as clover and dandelion provide important pollen and nectar sources for insects, bees and other pollinators that are a vital part of our ecosystem.


Allowing grass to grow longer produces a more sustainable natural environment and provides food and shelter for animals, bees and other insects.


Across the parks and open spaces of Bedford, we have already reduced mowing, allowing large areas to grow naturally. This has seen the creation of significant areas where grasses and native plants have been allowed to grow and flower, with ecological benefits.


We are currently having a number of habitat surveys undertaken in urban open spaces including Addison Howard Park, Bedford Park and Longholme Lake, commissioned before the coronavirus outbreak. These will help us to determine additional ways to improve these areas for biodiversity, including recommendations for native species and wildflower meadows.


We are also bringing this approach out of the parks, and onto the streets. On roadside verges, the grass must be cut short to ensure that people can see and that junctions are safe. However, the grass is often left long at the back of the verge away from the road. This is an important way to encourage wildlife such as invertebrates, butterflies and bees into the heart of the urban area.


Residents are encouraged to contact us by email at if there is an area where they would like to see more wildlife friendly maintenance regimes implemented.

Looking to Keep Your Mind Active?

Active Minds

Are you looking for ways to keep your mind active and engaged while at home?

You can request puzzles, games, books, DVDs and more from our Active Minds scheme and someone will come and drop them to your door.

Find out more and request items on our website.


You can also donate items to the scheme- please visit our website to find out more.

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