BEN PIKE, The Daily Telegraph

May 1, 2016

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If you are getting sick of mowing your lawn and trimming your hedges, spare a thought for these blokes.

Not only do horticulturalists at Broadway’s Central Park have to dance with death on a daily basis while pruning, they are also swatting away an unprecedented number of bees and wasps.

A small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons have also moved in, turning the high-rise into the ultimate urban jungle.

With a small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons calling the gardens home. Picture: John Grainger

The explosion of life on the country’s most spectacular vertical gardens has been fuelled by the unseasonably warm start to autumn, with April temperatures more than 2C higher than average.

Junglefy managing director Jock Gammon, who manages the six fulltime garden staff, said the bees are attracted to the rare and spectacular flowers still in full bloom.

“At the moment there are more flowers on this wall than in any other part of the city, so it’s not surprising that the bees and insects are attracted by them,” he said.

“There is such a large range of plant species on the building — about 300 — so there has been an increase in biodiversity with insects.

“The two falcons are living in the chimney stack of the old Carlton and United Breweries building.”

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