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Wyevale causes a buzz about bees

Garden centre group Wyevale is to mount a joint campaign with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust during June, to raise awareness of declining bee populations and stress their importance to gardeners.

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Wyevale causes a buzz about bees

Staff at 122 garden centres will invite customers to get involved in Insect Weekend events, offering free advice on attracting bees and other insects

which are beneficial to gardens.

“We're supporting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and helping raise awareness of its work because bees are the gardener's best friend,” says Wyevale events manager Natalie Moulden. “Bees fly from flower to flower collecting nectar, thus pollinating plants, which is essential for crop production, not just on a small scale in gardens or allotments where people are growing their own fruit and vegetables, but also on a larger scale at farms growing food to feed the nation.”

Gardeners can help bees by picking appropriate flowers for their gardens. “We are keen to raise awareness of their plight, their urgent need for flower-rich habitat and how gardeners can help save them,” says Moulden. “Bees love lavenders, teasels, comfrey and other beautiful perennials, so even if you don't have a large garden you can plant up pots and tubs on patios or balconies.”

Free information, advice leaflets on insect-friendly products and bee-friendly plants and activity packs for children will be available in-store.

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