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Chelsea Flower Show go-ers given chance to help bees and prevent ‘insectageddon'

Chelsea Flower Show go-ers given chance to help bees and prevent ‘insectageddon'


Friday 18 May 2018



The RHS Chelsea Flower Show wouldn't be possible without bees – and now Bees for Development is exhibiting there, explaining the power of bees by displaying many of the world’s foods and fibres that depend upon pollination by bees.

Bees for Development (BfD) is exhibiting for the first time at this year's event, taking place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea between Tuesday 22 May and Saturday 26 May. BfD will be in the Discovery Zone in the Great Pavilion.

The Monmouth-based charity has created a specialist Bee House, providing a safe nesting box for a honey bee colony.  The BfD Bee House is made and delivered by E H Thorne (Beehives Ltd) from British cedar, and costs £95.

Declining bee numbers, and bee diversity, is well-documented. Installing a BfD Bee House is a fantastic way for 157,000 attendees at the Chelsea Flower Show to offer their support to bee populations, BfD say.

Ahead of the event, Dr Nicola Bradbear - founder of BfD - said: “The Chelsea Flower Show wouldn't be possible without bees - and we're excited to discuss bees, beekeeping and our global work at Chelsea this year.

“Bees are vital for nature and people. 75% of food crops and wild flowering plants depend on pollination by bees and other insects. Sadly, bee numbers, like all insects are in decline - ‘insectageddon’ - and we want gardeners to do their bit to help stem this trend.

“We've invented a Bee House, which provides a perfect nesting box for honey bees.  It has a perfect-sized cavity and inner aroma of beeswax - ideal for a wild honey bee colony.

“Installing a bee house is a fantastic way for gardeners to show their support for honey bee populations.  We hope as many show go-ers as possible come and chat to us and find out how they can support bees in their own gardens”.

Celebrity patrons Bill Turnbull, of Classic FM, and Martha Kearney, of the BBC, will join BfD during the event.

Show attendees can also chat to BfD about how pollinators deliver sustainable livelihoods to some of the world's poorest communities.  The charity works with beekeepers in some of the planet's poorest countries, ensuring bees and honey provide opportunities to break out of poverty.

Dr Bradbear added: “Beekeeping costs little. People in the poorest countries can make bee hives cheaply from natural materials and catch swarms.

“At BfD, we have been working for 25 years to help people keep bees to break out of poverty - selling honey and beeswax to earn vital income, which pays for school fees, clothes, seeds, and medicines.

“Proceeds from the sale of BfD Bee Houses help us fund this crucial international development work, ensuring the transformative power of bees is realised in some of the world's most isolated areas."

For more information on BfD, visit the charity’s website or telephone 01600 714848.



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