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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 (3045039)
Children to plant bulbs in effort to save honey bees
by Tom Martin


SCHOOLCHILDREN are to team up residents' group in Crosby to plant bulbs an effort to reduce the number of honey bees that die during the spring.

Children from Hatton Hill Primary School and tenants from Anchor's Queen Elizabeth Court, on Hatton Hill Road, will join forces with the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) to plant bee-friendly bulbs and seeds in the grounds of Anchor's residential area later this month so the gardens become an attractive home for the insects when spring arrives.

Winter always leads to problems with bees' habitual surroundings and itt is hoped the bulbs will bloom between February and March when food becomes scarce for them.

Queen Elizabeth Court managers Jayne Hurley and Charlie Middleton said: “In recent years, the bee population has come under threat with loss of habitat being one of the issues affecting their health.

”Bearing in mind that bees pollinate a third of the food we eat, everyone must do their bit to save the honey bee otherwise we will all be in dire straits.

“We are planting bulbs and seeds now so that they will bloom in early spring when honey bees, the only bees which don’t hibernate, start to forage for nectar and pollen as they rear new brood.

”We all felt we had to do our part because helping the honey bee will secure the diverse wildlife of this country for future generations.“

Anne Lees, 69, who has lived at Queen Elizabeth Court for five years added: ”I’ve always loved gardening and I know how important bees are when it comes to pollinating fruit trees and other plants that provide us with food“.

The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment

BBKA General Secretary, Jane Moseley, said: ”Honey bees are affected by a number of factors such as poor weather, disease and loss of habitat. They need a plentiful supply of nectar and pollen from spring through to autumn.

“By ensuring they have good sources of food from the beginning of the season; colonies can have the best start possible. Planting honey bee-friendly plants really can make a difference.”

The bulbs will be planted on Tuesday November, 19.






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