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Green Party’s Jenny Jones praises Barking Riverside’s bee house

PUBLISHED: 15:38 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:36 24 May 2013

Barking Riverside bee house. Jonathan Speed (Barking Riverside), Jenny Jones and Stuart Connop (University of East London).

Barking Riverside bee house. Jonathan Speed (Barking Riverside), Jenny Jones and Stuart Connop (University of East London).

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Barking Riverside’s environmental credentials were praised by London Assembly Member Jenny Jones during a visit to the 443-acre site.

The Green Party member is making a series of bee-related visits to address the decline in populations across the UK.

Barking’s new development holds a 16.56 square metre bee house made of wood and bamboo that has been judged the largest in the world.

Ms Jones said of her visit on Thursday (9): “Barking Riverside development is a blueprint of how to design in natural wildlife habitats and good environmental measures such as green roofs and solar panels when building new housing estates or for other homes the Mayor has influence over.

“Not only does the wildlife habitat construction help bees and other insects that we rely on to pollinate so many of our food crops, but it also helps to preserve the local wildlife that is most often wiped out when thoughtless mass housing development takes place.”

She continued: “The wildlife habitats helps to reconnect residents with nature, but are also valuable to cut the risk of local flooding, to improve air quality and mitigate heat island effect.”


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