Boost to wildlife as guests swarm to chain of ‘hotels’

Donald Murray from Volker Stevin and Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden with the insect hotel in the garden off Rochdale Road, Todmorden.
Donald Murray from Volker Stevin and Mary Clear from Incredible Edible Todmorden with the insect hotel in the garden off Rochdale Road, Todmorden.

GUESTS are swarming to a group of new hotels with a difference.

There is a buzz around town about several bug hotels which have opened, providing insects with shelter from the elements.

The hotels - which have been installed as part of a partnership project between Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET), Todmorden in Bloom and Environment Agency contractors Volker Stevin - are sited at locations including the NatWest garden and Fielden Wharf.

Mary Clear, from IET, said: “The purpose is to shelter bugs and keep them through the winter.

“We want to encourage bees and sustainability.

“People are really interested in them.

“There will be three more which will be based at other locations when they are done.

“For Todmorden in Bloom, it’s something extra to show the judges that we are conscious of wildlife.”

Jean Butterworth, from Todmorden in Bloom, said: “The bug hotels are great. We are really pleased to have them on our patches.

“I’m sure that it’s something that children will be interested in.

“With the plight of bees at the moment, anything at all that helps them can only be good.”

Both Jean and Mary thanked Volker Stevin for its support.

Donald Murray, Volker Stevin project manager, said the work is part of its sustainable objectives.

“We look to leave a legacy that doesn’t cost the community anything,” he said.

“We look to leave sustainable development after we have gone.”