Bees

Bees Matter

Bees and other pollinating insects are essential to life as we know it. Bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive and pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife. 

Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry. Vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus and cucumber rely on the pollination of bees, as do apricots, strawberries, apples, tomatoes and almonds. 

The Problem

Bees and other Insects need a huge amount of energy to fly from their home to fields where they collect nectar, and polinate plants in the process.  They frequently fly several miles, and need regular fuel stops en-route.

Humanity has created huge towns in their flight paths.  traditional gardens had plenty of nectar-producing flowers, where insects could re-fuel.  Modern gardens are frequently empty of fuel-stops.

Our Response -
'Bee Squared'

We are using parish Council property to re-wild small patches of land for the insects, but this is not enough.

We need to introduce more bee-friendly plants at regular intevals around the area, which is why we our launching our brand new community project, ‘Bee Squared’. Read on for more information.

'BEE SQUARED' PROJECT 2021!

“BEE SQUARED” is an exciting new project envisioned by Hazlemere CAN. We invite you to join us in brightening up Hazlemere and helping our bees and other pollinators which have massively declined over the past 50 years. In Hazlemere we are determined to stop this decline and help our wonderful natural friends.
 
DID YOU KNOW that 90% of bees in the UK are solitary bees? This means they don’t have a hive to return to and so in order to keep going they need to ‘refuel’ via flowers every few metres. Solitary bees provide an essential pollination service. They pollinate our crops and ensure that plant communities are healthy and productive. without them mammals and birds would not have the seeds, berries or plants on which they depend.
 
 
DURING SPRING 2021 will be distributing around 4000 packets of wildflower seeds to households in Hazlemere and the surrounding areas to encourage people to make a ‘Bee Square’.
 
PLANT YOUR FREE wildflower seeds in your front garden (follow instructions on the packet), either in the ground (area of 1 m2) or in a few large pots. Please then display our BEE SQUARED logo (back of leaflet!) in a visible window to show that you are joining in. Then let us know HERE that you are participating.

Bee Squared Map