RESIDENTS are encouraged to help in the fight against dwindling numbers of bumblebees, as a property developer distributes “bomb kits”.

Homebuilders Barratt Home, who constructed the Meadowburne Place development in St Martins Road, Eastbourne, is issuing 30 build-your-own wildflower seed bombs among the area’s residents.

The packs contain 22 native wildflower seeds each and are to plant in private and shared green spaces, which once grown, will improve the pollinating biodiversity in people’s gardens by providing a food source for bees.

The Argus: The wild flower seed kitThe wild flower seed kit

Kimberley Benson, sales and marketing director for Barratt Southern Counties, said: “We want to protect local ecosystems, and by collectively introducing small sustainable initiatives such as community wildflower planting, we hope to make a valuable contribution towards supporting our urban wildlife.

“We look forward to seeing the community both at Meadowburne Place and at our other participating developments coming together to rewild their gardens and create a safe home for native pollinators.”

Recent research found that small scale wildflower planting has potential to support 111 per more bumblebees than non-wildflower beds.

The Argus: Wildflowers can support 111 per cent more bumblebees than non-wildflower bedsWildflowers can support 111 per cent more bumblebees than non-wildflower beds

Meadowburne Place has history of wildlife positive events, such as bat and bee box, and the inclusion of native plants.

Barratt Homes will also offer guidance on how to make the seed bombs, with talks from a horticultural expert available online. There will also be talks on the benefit of introducing wildlife-friendly plants any area.

Seed packs are available to collect from the sales and marketing suite in Meadowburne Place.