Matilda House gets an insect hotel


Green-fingered residents in Wapping teamed up with Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Council’s Biodiversity Officer this week to open their first Insect Hotel.

Building an insect hotelResidents from Matilda House built the hotel next to their garden waste composting bins to attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.

Some insects, such as bees, are in decline so by providing homes for them, residents from the 1930s block are giving them a much needed helping hand.

“We are lucky at Matilda House to host a wide variety of species of birds and wildlife. Many thanks to Tower Hamlets Homes for helping improve the environment for all residents – two and multi-legged!” said resident Jane Sill.

Clare Matheson, Tower Hamlets Homes Environmental Services Contracts Manager said: “The Insect Hotel is built mainly from old recycled stuff, although we did get a few new bits from B&Q! The main structure is discarded pallets. We used dead wood, old bricks and straw to fill in the gaps to give a wide variety of insects a home. We hope they enjoy their stay!”


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