The Butterfly City project in Hull, championed by Emma Hardy, MP for West Hull and Hessle, aims to raise public awareness and give everyone – from individuals to institutions – a chance to make a difference in a practical way.
The Brimstone butterfly Gonopteryx rhamni reproduces by means of caterpillars which feed on Alder Buckthorn, Rhamnus frangula, and the project aims to increase the numbers of the butterfly by increasing the amount of Alder Buckthorn in the area.
1,000 whips of Alder Buckthorn are to be made available to the public for planting. These have been grown locally at Mires Beck nursery and funded by Hull City Council. A further 2,000 will be planted as part of HEYwoods Northern Forest commitments. A downloadable leaflet with planting and care instructions, as well as tips on spotting the caterpillars when they arrive, has been produced by designers at The Deep in conjunction with the local Butterfly Conservation recorder. The planting week is scheduled to begin on 23 November 2019.