Help save our native bees

Bee on a flower in the garden

Native bees are in decline, and it’s up to us to help. Join gardeners and bee experts at Arlington Court this half term to find out more and get some top tips for making your garden into a haven for wildlife.

Bees are one of our most important pollinators, and we rely on their hard work for much of what we eat. They pollinate the flowers that produce our fruit, nuts and seeds, and help to spread colour through our green and pleasant land. And it’s not just honey bees that are in trouble, there are over 250 species of solitary and bumble bee that live in the UK. Loss of nesting habitat, reduced species diversity in our countryside and increased use of pesticides are exerting considerable pressure on these insects. But as gardeners there’s a lot we can do to help.

Here at Arlington we are trying to create nesting sites for bees, from our long grass to our log piles, our stone walls to bamboo bundles, we are hoping to provide a haven for wildlife. We’ve recently planted a bee friendly border with a range of flowering plants that will extend the season for foraging insects, creating a source of pollen and nectar beyond the summer months.

We’ve loved watching our busy bees this spring, pollinating the apricot tree in the glasshouse, the lemons in the conservatory and the blackcurrants in the fruit cage. They’ve now set to work on our apple arch.

Join us on the 30th May to find out more and get some top tips for making your garden into a haven for wildlife- whether it’s a window box or a wild patch of grass, we can all give a boost to our bees. 

Inspired by historic bee keeping we will also be making decorative mini bee skeps. Fun for all ages!