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"Our bees are vital for natural environmental management"

Our bees are vital for natural environmental management

Trevena Cross Bees

We encourage wildlife, and natural management of the environment around us at Trevena Cross – in particular, natural pest control, which in many cases far surpasses any artificial pest control.

As well as nest boxes for the birds, Trevena Cross has six bee hives in its nursery, to encourage these wonderful insects to get pollinating (and honey making!)

Around the bee hives we’ve positioned several Waspinators, to help deter their non-nectar loving relatives – wasps. Keen to avoid conflict with what they believe is another wasp’s nest, means they leave the area well alone, and pose no risk to the bee hives.

We have also introduced a ‘bee bench’ at the garden centre, full of bee friendly plants, designed to help guide your bee friendly choices!

Too often our gardens are populated with highly cultivated garden flowers, which while colourful, have been selected over time purely for looks, with little regard for their original pollen and nectar producing function, which as a result has got lost along the way.

Traditional native wildflowers on the other hand can look great in the garden but are also able to provide a rich supply of pollen and nectar throughout the bee season, helping to give these friends of the garden a secure future.

Plants like foxglove and bluebells are well known examples of wildflowers, and already feature in many gardens, but there are a huge range of lesser known nectar and pollen rich plants, which can have just as much impact, including lungwort, viper’s bugloss, monkshood, hollyhock and sea holly.

Herbs like rosemary, sage, chives and thyme are also great recommendations for bumblebee heaven!

Other tips for producing your ‘bee friendly’ garden include:

Group planting. Bees can more easily locate groups of plants that are attractive to them and will also save energy travelling to collect nectar and pollen, ensuring higher yields of pollen and nectar return to the bee colony.

Trees, shrubs and hedgerows. Great for nesting and foraging in, bees will love hazel, pussy willow, wild cherry, or lime trees, as well as blackthorn, hawthorn and the common privet hedge, to name just a few.

Fruit and veg. Organic home grown fruit and veg are often very appealing to bees as a great source of nectar and pollen. From apples to pears, peaches to kiwi fruit, onions to turnips, tomatoes to cucumbers, there is a vast array of fruit and veg around that could help keep these little pollinators happy, whilst also providing great produce for you and your family.