OUR SOIL FOR BEES
(FINALIST 2018) Saving the bees: creating "bee friendly" habitats in communities, by focusing on soil conservation and the planting of wildflowers.
Soil is an essential habitat for wild bee species. As ecological diversity reduces - so too will the regional bee population and overall quality of life in the area. Communities can make a significant contribution to bee and soil conservation, and that's where this project comes in: bee-friendly communities abandon the use of synthetic chemical pesticides on public green spaces, plant a bee-friendly environment, and invite people to turn their gardens into small oases for insects. Communities take the initiative as role models, mediators and awareness-makers, playing a key role locally. Already 17 municipalities in Upper Austria have committed themselves to the project "Our Soil for Bees", as "Bee-Friendly Communities" working with the Soil Alliance Upper Austria. More than 10,000 m² of wildflower bee pastures have been created, over 13 hectares of meadows have been converted into community property, and numerous berry bushes have been planted. Concrete proposals are made to help communities bloom with more native, bee-friendly plants. Implementation workshops put together a package of measures to be implemented over the next three years. This also involves exchanging good practices with other communities.