how to help bees

The other day I spoke about how to plant a bee friendly garden.  But what if you don’t have a garden or access to any green space?  Not to worry, you can still help the bees.  Here’s how you can help bees and ‘bee’ a friendly person!

How to Help Bees:

Don’t pick any wild flowers, no matter how pretty they look.  Leave them for the bees.

Is there any derelict land or space in your town/city?  Be a guerrilla gardener and scatter some wildflower seeds in any available space.

Window boxes are great and low maintenance.  Even a pot of lavender by your door is better than nothing and really helps the bees.

Don’t have space for a window box or plant pot and wondering how to help bees?  You can shop with the bees in mind.  Some stores, including Neal’s Yard, are donating 25p from every product sold from their Bee Lovely Collection to projects that help save the bees, while Burt’s Bees are donating £1 from the sale of every Milk & Honey body lotion.  Other stores, such as the Co-Op are running a Plan Bee campaign to help.

If you’d like your honey to come with a little less effort then be sure to buy your honey from responsible suppliers.  Rowse are probably one of the most responsible honey suppliers, and are doing a lot to help the bees.

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You can adopt a hive from £29.99, and help start a new bee colony.   You get a certificate, seeds and honey as a thank you as well as that warm fuzzy glow that you’re doing something good.

Become a bee keeper!  Yes, that’s right!  You don’t need much space – perhaps a balcony or roof top if you have easy and safe access to yours.  It’s easier than you think and you’ll be rewarded with lots of lovely honey!  Here’s a handy guide to starting out and another good reference point is the British Beekeepers Association website.

Hold a bake sale at work/college /local fete and donate the takings to a bee friendly charity, such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Inspired?  Let me know in the comments below if you do any of these or come up with your own ideas on how to help bees!

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