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Save the Bees this Summer

Admin, June 2, 2016

IMG_6896The nation’s gardeners are out in force as the mercury continues to rise.

But the burning question is what to plant, how to bring all-year-round colour and for the more sustainable gardener, how to attract insect pollinators and particularly how best to protect and preserve dwindling honeybee numbers by providing them with a rich source of nectar in our gardens.

As a leading sustainability business we provide beehive management services for companies large and small, from rooftop hives on family-run restaurants to International household names the likes of Kellogg’s, L’Oreal and Highland Spring.

Plan Bee CEO and Founder, Warren Bader’s already confident that 2016 will a better season for our 10 million honeybees:

“While last summer was extremely poor for Britain’s bees – and you may see the price of premium British honey increase slightly this year as a result – fingers are crossed that 2016 will be much better. For our bees, temperatures need to creep above 12°C, and May and even June last year were unseasonably mild. Temperatures have already blitzed that this year and our bees have been out in force.”

Those early spring honeybees have already foraged on Rhododendron, Berberis, Broom and Willow which provide early sources of nectar, helping to strengthen the colony for the summer ahead. Buddleia, otherwise known as the Butterfly Bush are an important summer food source for honeybees and other pollinators, along with Clematis, Honeysuckle and Hebe. While Hydrangea and Fuschia provide nectar in late summer, and Ivy is the final food source for our bees as summer turns to autumn.

Warren added:

“I would also recommend planting some heritage fruit trees, in fact that’s where my love of beekeeping came from. I rented an allotment as a hobby when working in the film industry and began growing rare fruit trees and vegetables. I got some hives to help pollinate the trees and found out about the plight of our honeybees. The rest is history. We now work with some of the biggest companies in the UK, from Kellogg’s and L’Oreal to British Gas and Highland Spring who have been great supporters.”

Let’s not forget our great British trees. The season of planting trees has essentially passed, but there’s always next year to plan for. Plan Bee surprisingly recommended crab apples which not only are great for honeybees, but amazing crab apple jelly can be made from the fruit, and once fallen the apples provide a sustainable food source for birds, hedgehogs and other small garden animals.

British Wildflower Seedbombs can help you transform waste ground, or even a corner of your garden into a pollinator paradise, while providing all generations with a bright and colourful gardening experience.

You can check out our special Plan Bee Pollinator Beebom by clicking here