Presently, there is no machine, technology or device that can cross-pollinate crops to the same efficiency that our species of pollinators can.
In 2015, the Waitemata Local Board approved funding for stage one of a pollinator path to be installed in Grey Lynn. The vision of the path was to attract and safeguard pollinators in Grey Lynn and ultimately increase the production of Auckland’s urban food network.
Since then, the Local Board and Auckland Council have invested in the parks’ extension. Soon, Aucklanders can experience a fully formed path between Grey Lynn Park and Coxs Bay Reserve.
Landscape Architect, Andrea Reid, has been working on Pollinator Paths since early 2014. It started as a University study for her final year of a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. In 2018 Andrea introduced the concept to the wider WSP Landscape and Urban Design team - now Pollinator Paths has grown into a fully-fledged movement within the business, with a team dedicated to working on the expansion of the project.
“Our primary objective was to increase the productivity of New Zealand’s crucial pollinators to support food security and to combat biodiversity loss.
However, countless studies have proven health and societal benefits of green space in today’s cities. We hope that by encouraging more green space - particularly in Auckland’s more urbanised catchments - will provide a surplus of benefits for both people, place and the environment.” Says Andrea.