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University’s Secret Garden Society creates “Bugtropolis” project in campus

The activity is part of Volunteering Matters’ Action Earth campaign which fosters local action against Climate Change

By Mireia Jimenez

Picture from "Bee" by coljac is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Started on October 3rd, the project aims for a more sustainable and bug-friendly environment in the society’s Secret Garden located next to Butchart Hall, on University Road.

The activities consist in planting flowers to attract pollinators, DIY workshops to build “bug hotels” and “seed bombs”, and the participation of beekeepers to raise awareness about the importance of bees.

Serena Simonetti, Ainhoa Burgos, Arkan De Lomas and Marie Bohl, co-ordinators of The Secret Garden Society’s project remarked how:

“We aim to promote the importance of pollinators and raise awareness of the key role that bees have in our ecosystem, alongside making a place for pollinators among us.”

“Every action, no matter how small it is, will help to counteract the negative impact of human activity on nature!”

Action Earth is hosting more than 140 similar activities in Scotland this year, with grant awards up to £500 provided by NatureScot to groups such as the University’s Secret Garden Society.

If you want to participate, you can contact them on their Facebook page or at


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