Bug trail

The story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators

Moor Sustainable CIC received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £9,900 for an exciting heritage project, creating a rubbings trail along the High Street in Great Ayton. An activity booklet and leaflet are available from the Tourist Information section of The Discovery Centre and a free Bug Trail app is available to download from App Store and Google Play. Alternatively explore the Bug Trail webpage. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators from the earliest records to planting for the future.

Since 2019, the Brighten Up Great Ayton group, with the support of Great Ayton Parish Council, has been developing areas of planting to be attractive to pollinators around the village. The planting is based on a plan for pollinators developed by local expert botanist Martin Allen.

As part of developing the plan Martin looked at the 19thC Ordnance Survey maps of the village and spotted that there used to be lots of small orchards. This led to the planting of a mini-orchard supported by Broadacres Housing Association. Caryn Loftus, of Moor Sustainable CIC, who instigated the development of the pollinator plan was intrigued by the maps and came up with the idea to undertake and share the results of research to see how the planting for pollinators has changed over time as the village has developed through activities and materials for families.  

In February 2021 a talk, by Martin Allen and Caryn Loftus, was held online called Pollinators and Plants as we couldn’t have a group walk through the village. Over 50 people attended the talk and gave some great feedback.

Thank you both for a terrific presentation, informative, interesting and brilliantly presented.  One of the best and maybe the best webinar/zoom I’ve attended.

Here are the presentation and notes from the talk.

Commenting on the award, Caryn said: “We are delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and look forward to helping residents and visitors to Great Ayton find out more about the history of planting in the village and how we can further improve planting to support more pollinating insects given our changing climate.”

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