A BEE road blossoming with flowers and pollinator rich wildlife is set to tackle declining bee numbers in Marlborough.

Environmental groups in Marlborough and Pewsey want to create a buzz about the fight to increase bees and will create the seven mile long flower road in the spring.

It is hoped that increasing the number of insect attracting wildlife in the area will halt the sharp decline of bees that has affected Europe in recent years.

The Wildlife Trust has linked the sharp decrease in bee numbers to the decline in wildflower meadows and the use of pesticides and the charity has encouraged projects like the bee road.

Milly Carmichael, 49 from Mildenhall, is a volunteer at Transition Marlborough, one of the groups spearheading the campaign.

She said: “This is a real passion of mine, what we wanted to do was focus on a geographical area and create a project that other villages could replicate.

“The bee road will be between Marlborough and Pewsey, because seven miles is about the most bee friendly distance.

“Now we are looking for anyone, volunteers, community groups or schools to get in touch with us so we can get as many people involved as possible ahead of a Spring launch.”

Together with the Pewsey Environmental Action Team, Transition Marlborough has discovered that a number of other groups are passionate about planting bee and pollinator friendly flowers.

Already involved is Action for the River Kennet, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the Pewsey Vale church group and the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature group.

It is hoped that the community effort to boost the numbers of flowers and bee friendly plants in the area will provide a much need increase in the garden favourite.

School and community groups inspired to help are being urged to email permaculture@transitionmarlborough.org for more details.