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How to ‘Bee Friendly’ to all-important pollinators

How to ‘Bee Friendly’ to all-important pollinators

We all know that plants need soil, water and sunshine to thrive, but other factors play an important part in maintaining the ecological balance of the natural world. One crucial link in this delicate environmental chain is the honey bee.

Unfortunately, the world’s bee population is under threat – which is bad news for horticulturalists as well as all those who care about the natural world. So, we were interested to read more about the work of the Bee Friendly Trust through their work with one of our customers, Friends of Beeston Station.

Creating the right environment for pollinators

The Bee Friendly Trust aims to create environments where bees and pollinators can thrive. The organisation works with community rail partnerships, staff and station adoption groups across the UK to support the inclusion of bee-friendly flowering planters, fruit trees and wildlife gardens on station platforms.

In fact, the charity came about as a result of a project by founders Luke and Qais at Putney Station to install bee friendly planters as a way of increasing the forage for urban bees. With support from Network Rail and London Transport, the project evolved into the Bee Friendly Trust which now includes volunteers as well as bee specialists.

How self-watering planters can help

Because Amberol’s self-watering planters can be located pretty much anywhere, including on station platforms, pavements and in concreted spaces, they are a great way of creating floral habitats to encourage bees and other pollinators. This way, we can help provide food for the urban bee population in places that don’t naturally have foliage and nourishment for these important little creatures. This means that it’s possible to create bee-friendly environments almost anywhere – from railway station platforms to town squares to car parks.

Bee-friendly planting

There are also a range of bee-friendly plants that grow well in containers such as geraniums, verbena, marigolds, lavender, rosemary and phlox. So, next time you are planting up an Amberol self-watering planter, it you don’t already do so, it might be worth including some bee-friendly plants.

In addition to projects with railway organisations and station adopters, the Bee Friendly Trust works in partnership to create bee-friendly towns as well as working on a range of community and educational projects.

Did you know?

  • Almost 90% of wild plants depend on animal pollination.
  • Honey bees are able to fly up to three miles from their hive when searching for pollen and nectar.
  • Honey bees use a way of communicating called the waggle dance which tells their nestmates where to find the best source of food.
  • Bee colonies have been disappearing over the last two decades. Known as ‘colony collapse disorder’, billions of honey bees across the world are leaving their hives and never return.
  • The UK has lost 13 species of bee since 1900. Almost 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction cross Europe.

Click here for more information about the Bee Friendly Trust.

For more information about Amberol’s self-watering planters, call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk.