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Lidl Ballymoney buzzing about biodiversity with launch of new pollinator gardens

Lidl Northern Ireland has announced the installation of a new pollinator garden at its stores in Meetinghouse Street in Ballymoney and Junction One, Antrim – two of 20 new pollinator-friendly stores across the island of Ireland – as part of its commitment to increasing biodiversity awareness and reaching its ambitious environmental targets.

With a focus on optimising green spaces around the store for pollination promotion, the new pollinator garden is blooming with the addition of new wildflowers and an insect hotel as well as informative signage to educate visitors on biodiversity whilst providing a haven for pollinators like bees, butterflies and hoverflies to flourish.

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The new pollinator gardens have been installed at Lidl Northern Ireland stores in Antrim, Ballymoney, Lisburn and Magherafelt, as well as the retailer’s regional distribution centre in Nutts Corner, and aim to connect communities with nature.

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In conjunction with the goals within its comprehensive sustainability strategy, ‘A Better Tomorrow,’ Lidl Northern Ireland has continually demonstrated its leadership in the biodiversity field. Working towards the protection of biodiversity and the conservation of native ecosystem, the retailer has been a member of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan since 2018.

As part of the launch of the new pollinator stores, thousands of pollinator-friendly bulbs available for customers to purchase and create their very own pollinator-friendly corner in their garden.

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Commenting on the initiative Aoife Clarke, Head of Communications and CSR for Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said;

“As Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket, it is vital that we play our part to ensure the growth and spread of our native biodiversity, and, consequently, the survival of our bee population. Bees and pollinating insects such as butterflies are crucial for our food ecosystem and we continue to advance our efforts in sustainability and biodiversity by introducing the new pollinator gardens at a number of stores across the region.

“As part of the launch of the new pollinator stores, we are delighted to offer a selection of pollinator-friendly bulbs and plants for our customers’ gardens. We can’t wait to see the bumble bee havens they create.”

 Bulbs and plants available now in Lidl Northern Ireland stores start from just £1.49 and range from French Lavender and Potted Sunflowers to Tomato and Pepper Plants and Climbing Jasmine.

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