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Committing to Conservation

Committing to Conservation

Wednesday 28 July 2021

A new hotel is open for business...but not the kind you would expect to find here at Liverpool ONE.

Helping to improve our local community and environment is at the core of everything we do here at Liverpool ONE. From our efforts to reduce the amount of waste and promoting recycling wherever possible, to playing our part in biodiversity, we are passionate about creating a greener future.

So, as we mark World Nature Conservation Day (28th July), we want to highlight some of our top green-friendly projects and strategies, including how our very own Chavasse Park is promoting biodiversity.

a hotel for bugs

Being installed on the park especially for World Nature Conservation Day is our special ‘bug hotel’. The multi-habitat hotel offers a place for insects such as bees, butterflies and ladybirds, as well as minibeasts like spiders, gauze flies and earwigs.

The hotel, which now provides a permanent home for bugs in the park, follows the hugely successful arrival of Liverpool ONE’s honeybees, who took up residence in 2019 and have been thriving on the rooftops of the buildings in Liverpool, following a full forage availability survey by an expert urban beekeeper.

The honey harvested has since been donated and we continue to promote the importance of supporting bees in the city and educating people within our region.

Keeping in line with our efforts to champion bee conservation and bio-diversity, our very own “Support for Pollinators Project” launched in 2018. The project encourages and increases pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources through the implementation of a wide range of practical measures, which include consultations with expert ecologists and careful consideration for any pesticides used.

The programme has overseen eco-friendly adaptations to maintenance and landscaping on Chavasse Park, starting with training for horticultural staff on pruning techniques to protect – and promote – flowering. Careful consideration is taken for insect nests, reporting to expert staff instead of a pest controller.

and outside seating area

Other actions of the project have included using pollinator-friendly plants for new and replacement planting, while allowing growth for weeds that act as the main larvae food plants. Peter’s Square recently received a makeover complete with an array of beautiful pollinator plants and flowers providing a haven of calm in the centre of Liverpool.

You will also spot some key tree facts in our fun ‘tree huggers’ in Chavasse Park. Key information about the importance of trees are wrapped around a selection of trees along with a QR code to take part in the Nature Trail where you can interact with the natural environment in Chavasse Park.

The upcoming green wall, which will be installed on Chavasse Park in September, is part of the Urban GreenUP project that has pipeline plans for several cities and districts, including Liverpool ONE. The installation is being overseen by The Mersey Forest, a growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Urban GreenUP, a five-year European Horizon 2020 funded project, aims to reduce pollution, improve bio-diversity, help to reduce flood risk and improve water quality, with Liverpool as one of the lead cities. With up to 25 partners involved across Europe, it looks at installing natural environment features to support the integration of nature-based solutions (NBS) into the existing fabric of the city.

The wall will host several species of plants that will attract pollinators, such as bees, moths and flies, as well as birds which, in turn, increases the variety of life in the environment. The Mersey Forest Team are currently undertaking surveys around Chavasse Park and the estate looking at what wildlife is present, using an app to capture the different species, whether that’s plants, bugs, insects or birds. The app, iNaturalist, logs how many different species are found at Liverpool ONE.

Find out more about what Liverpool ONE is doing to save energy and support the local environment.

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