Greater Nottingham, United Kingdom
City population: 643933
Duration: 2014 – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Meso-scale: Regional, metropolitan and urban level
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Other
Last updated: October 2021

Bee-friendly Nottingham is a campaign run by Nottingham City Council to make Nottingham a more pollinator-friendly city, promote pollinator-friendly gardening at council events and to protect bee populations by planting pollinator-friendly plants via planting schemes (Ref. 1). It aims to make some lasting changes to the way people manage open spaces in order to help wild and domestic bees and provide more flowers for foraging and more habitat for nest sites (ref. 1).

Pollinator-friendly gardening


Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Other
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Other
  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Allotments
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity restoration
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Effective management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social cohesion
  • Social interaction


Ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems, Protection of natural ecosystems, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Strategy, plan or policy development

Project objectives

The overall aim is “to make Nottingham a more pollinator-friendly city”. (Ref. 1) “What we're [the city council] hoping to achieve in the future: continuing to influence the planting schemes within parks and traffic islands to include plants of value to pollinators; continuing to create and manage seeded wildflower annual and perennial meadows; reviewing our use of herbicides - trying to reduce general use and hoping to introduce wild routes where wildflowers are left to grow; create some road verges for bees with relaxed management or seeded meadow habitat; working together with Friends of the Earth and other local interested parties to create a Local Bee Action Plan”. (Ref. 1)

Implementation activities

Since the campaign started different lasting changes have been made. This includes: campaign promoted pollinator-friendly gardening at council events; produced an action plan to reduce levels of air pollution across the city, with measures to reduce the reliance on cars; used bee-friendly plants in planting schemes such as Lavender, Cosmos and Salvia; Pest Control no longer destroy bumble bee nests, move them or where possible leave them unharmed; created bee-friendly flower beds and seeded colourful annual meadows; introduced ban to keep bees on your allotment without basic training from Nottingham Bee Keepers Association; relaxed mowing or raised the grass cutting height in some parks to allow flowers such as clover, selfheal and daisy to flourish; generated an info pack for schools Bee-Friendly Schools Pack; signposting efforts with a bee-shaped sign. (Ref. 1)

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect and enhance urban habitats
  • Preserve and strengthen existing habitats and ecosystems
  • Reduce negative impacts and avoid the alteration/damage of ecosystem
  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect endangered species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect valued species
  • Means for conservation governance
  • Raise public awareness
  • Public engagement

Biodiversity restoration:

  • Rehabilitate and restore damaged or destroyed ecosystems
  • Restore species (native, endangered, or unspecified)
  • Restore valued species
  • Public engagement

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

"Nottingham City Council is leading the way by encouraging citizens to play their part in tackling bee decline.” (Ref. 4)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (The Government’s 'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services' from 2011 (a national strategy); along with the “Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act”. Also the regional 'Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Plan'. (Ref. 1) )
... a local policy or strategy? Yes ("Protected species are a material consideration in the planning process and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Nottingham City's 'saved' Local Plan and Aligned Core Strategy also have policies that serve to protect valuable habitats and notable species." (Ref. 1) )


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Other

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of labour
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Reduced biodiversity loss
  • Increased number of species present
  • Increased protection of threatened species

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports


Availability of a web-based monitoring tool