Honeycomb Meadow

Bees and butterflies find it hard to survive in the concrete deserts of a city.

To support these and other pollinators in urban landscapes, River of Flowers has designed the Honeycomb Meadow and developed it with BeeBristol to provide a unique, mobile, modular system of hexagonal interlinking planters containing pollinator-friendly forage including UK native wildflowers, blossoming trees, cultivated and edible plants.

The Honeycomb Meadow instantly covers the barren expanse of a city square, rooftop or amenity grassland with forage to help 'feed the bees that feed us'.
Contact us at info@riverofflowers.org for more information.

The Honeycomb Meadow comes in in triple low TRIO and single tall SOLO modules, and are planted on site with wild or cultivated European bee-friendly plants suitable for the location. One TRIO of three planters or three single SOLOS planters will cover just over one square metre. These can be combined with extra TRIOS and SOLOS to make tessellated patterns. The hexagonal planters are made in two different woods re-cycled scaffolding planks and larch wood. The scaffolding board planters are finshed in either grey, cream or clear eco-woodstains or grey eco-paint. The larch wood planters are left unfinished apart from coating with eco UV protector oil so they will fade slowly to a soft grey. 

Module One: 
TRIO, a group of three interlinked hexagonal planters for low-growing perennial plants including 100% native wildflower turf, floating on a base just above ground level.

Module Two: 
SOLO HERB: a tall hexagonal planter with a shallow, in-built shelf for low-growing, perennial European edible herbs (both cultivated and wild varieties, e.g. Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and Purple Betony (Stachys officinalis).

Module Three:
SOLO TREE: a tall hexagonal planter for bee-friendly shrubs e.g: English Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea); Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and Argentinian Vervain (Verbena bonariensis); or as a temporary planter for a small native trees, e.g. Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and Field Maple (Acer campestre) but only if client agrees to plant these in a permanent location after one year. 

We produce wall-hung bee hotels and meadows to use in limited city spaces

Module Four: GRAND HONEYCOMB BEE HOTEL: Our timber Grand Bee Hotels for solitary wild bees to nest and rear their young in.

 Module Four: V-BEE MEADOW/BEE RESTAURANT:

Our V-Bee Meadows (Vertical Meadows) composed of copper frames hung with fabric bags full of pollinator-friendly plants to nourish the bees, are still in production.

Bespoke modular groupings are available on request. These include Module Six: SEATED TRIOS with hexagonal seating, planted with pollinator-friendly forage including trees and ideal for street planting schemes and Module Seven: Larger EDIBLE TRIO Planters for growing crops suitable for primary schools where six children at a time can plant around each hexagonal side.

All the Honeycomb Meadow Modules are only available for purchase on commission for specific porjects which benefit the environment. They would be suitable for the following organisations:

Environmentally-based businesses and other organisations including partnerships, limited companies, nonprofit social enterprises or charity organisations wishing to implement sustainable practices that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

Community groups such as friends groups managing planting schemes using wildflowers and wild flowering trees in community gardens, parks, woods and nature reserves that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

Schools, colleges, universities and other educational organisations building sustainable, educational practices that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

Clinics, hospital trusts and other health care organisations keen to implementing sustainable, health practices that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

Transport organisations interested in implementing sustainable, transport practices that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

Restaurants, hotels, health food stores and other food suppliers aiming to reduce farm to fork miles by growing organic food and wildflowers on their premises that benefit pollinators in the urban environment.

City beekeeping organisations dedicated to provide more nectar and pollen supplies for their honeybees and avoid competition with wild bees and other pollinators in their locality.

Creative arts organisations raising concerns about pollinators and their struggle in the urban environment using art, design, dance, drama, film, music and the other creative arts.

Building and landscape architects keen to make the urban environment more sustainable by using imaginative pollinator-friendly planting schemes that also benefit the health of the city.

Global organisations raising awareness and improving the global urban environment for native pollinators and plants.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Images 1 - 3 © River of Flowers & BeeBristol

Image 4 © Andy Maybury

Image 5 © River of Flowers

Image 6 © Tammy Crawford Rolt

Image 7 © River of Flowers