A series of wildflower meadows are being planted across Brent parks and open spaces, creating a ‘bee corridor’ to support the borough’s biodiversity.

There will be 22 new fields planted across the region intended to attract various wildlife, particularly bees, which are vital to the wider environment.

The campaign was motivated by recent studies on declining biodiversity and how it is everyone’s responsibility to make a change to help reverse this.

According to a UN report, more than a million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction.

And an article published in nature research journal ‘Nature Communications’ said around 97 per cent of Britain’s wildflower meadows have disappeared since the Second World War.

The loss of these meadows, which are attractive to butterflies, bees, dragonflies and moths, has led to a significant drop in pollinating insects in the country.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, responsible for the environment at Brent Council, said: “Bees and other insects are so important for pollinating the crops that provide the food that we eat.

“We must do all we can to help them to thrive. I’m proud of Brent’s commitment to boost biodiversity in the borough and look forward to seeing the meadows in full bloom in just a few months’ time.”

The council added that the meadows, which will include ragged robin, cowslip and common poppy seeds, will “bring a burst of colour” to Brent’s environment over the summer.