A Message from Emma Hardy, MP for West Hull and Hessle
"The project to make Hull the country's first Butterfly City by adopting the Brimstone butterfly leapt out at me as a super opportunity to bring people together and make a positive difference. The plan is to plant thousands of Alder Buckthorn - a small tree - across the city and in neighbouring areas through individuals, community groups, schools and businesses. A healthy Buckthorn is all the Brimstone's caterpillar needs to grow happily. The decline in insects is dramatic and already impacting on pollination. Bees love the tiny Buckthorn flowers as well so it's two for one. The Labour Party have declared a Climate Emergency and increasing the number of trees helps to absorb carbon dioxide and improve air quality. Getting involved in gardening and being outdoors is a really good way to help people struggling with loneliness and mental health problems. It’s perfect for schools as a way of introducing children to life cycles and the joy of watching living creatures thrive. The more trees, the more bees and butterflies, the more beautiful our city and a better quality of living for everyone. I'm really proud and excited to have got this project off the ground."
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