They’ve got a bee in their bonnet!

In a bid to boost bees and butterflies who are losing their numbers lots in this country, parks are being encouraged to plant loads of natural flowers.

And things have already happened at Barrowford Park, including the installation of magnificent items like everlasting flowers, cornflowers and cosmos which you can enjoy seeing.

The park is normally known as “Barrowford Park”, but Sue Nike, chair of the Friends of Memorial Park, Barrowford, pointed out: “The Barrowford park is officially called Memorial Park in memory of people who died in the First World War.”

She revealed how the volunteer Friends were encouraging bees and butterflies by introducing natural flowers, and said: “We’ve put herbs in the beds by the lake, so that people can see them but also use them when they are cooking.”

And in the bed by the bowling pavilion they have installed flowers and shrubs to benefit bees and butterflies.

And she added: “We would like to ask people to make more natural environments in parks. We have spoken to Friends groups at other parks and visited other parks around Pendle. I was impressed by the wild flower planting in other parks, too.”

So she is keen to ask others to plant wild flowers. The Friends in Memorial Park have also cleared Himalayan balsam in much of the park with help from Ribble Rivers Trust, too.

And this week they have also been up into the park at night to see bats. Sue said: “We could see them at first but couldn’t once it went dark. But we could here them then!”

Mr John Miller, chief executive of Heritage Trust for the North West which runs Pendle Heritage Centre at the edge of the park, said: “I would like to thank Sue Nike for being a volunteer there and I would like to encourage more people to become volunteers.”