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last modified  16/01/2008 08:15 AM

6th May 2005

EastendHomes joins Tower Habitats' plan to encourage Brimstone Butterflies in Tower Hamlets

Brimstone Butterflies will be encouraged in Tower Hamlets thanks to a £1,000 grant awarded to The Environment Trust for the planting of buckthorns, the food plant of the Brimstone Butterfly Caterpillar.

The grant was awarded by Volunteer to Win, a campaign to inspire Londoners to volunteer in order to show their support for London's Bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, managed by national volunteering organisation TimeBank on behalf of London 2012.

Tower Habitats, the local biodiversity action plan for Tower Hamlets, will use the grant to produce an information leaflet about the Brimstone Butterfly in Tower Hamlets and educate residents about how these butterflies and their caterpillars can be encouraged. In addition there will be opportunities for people to learn more about the butterfly and help increase numbers through the planting of buckthorns in parks, gardens or business grounds.

On Tuesday 7 June Tower Habitats and EastendHomes will be planting buckthorns on the Island Gardens area on the Isle of Dogs from 6-7 pm. We will be meeting in front of the offices of EastendHomes, Island Gardens Housing Office, 137 Manchester Road, E14 3DN.

If you have a fairly sunny garden at home or somewhere at work, or school, where you could grow one of more buckthorns to encourage Brimstone Butterflies, we can give these to you (FOR FREE). They can be picked up from any of the above mentioned events or obtained by contacting Edwin at edwin@envirotrust.org or 020 72644660. For more information about Volunteer to Win, go to www.volunteer2012.com. If you'd like to help EastendHomes create greener local environments please contact Paul at paul.wilson@eastendhomes.net.