We're supporting Bees' Needs Week
This Monday 17 July marks the start of Bees’ Needs Week, raising awareness of the ways everyone can help pollinators and celebrating projects that are already doing great things for our pollinators.
During Bees Needs Week Grow Wild will be celebrating some of our wonderful projects on social media, hosting a live Q&A on Twitter with expert Hannah Grows and taking part in Pollinator Day at Kew Gardens on Thursday 20 July.
How can you get involved?
1. Join our Tweetathon on the Grow Wild Twitter account from 3pm-4pm on Monday 17 July where expert Hannah Grows will be answering all your questions about sowing and growing wild flowers live
2. Tweet us and let us know what you’re doing to support bees and pollinators (don't forget to include #BeesNeeds and #GrowWild)
3. Grow more pollinator-friendly flowers, shrubs and trees and let your garden grow wild
4. Don’t disturb insect nests and hibernation spots
5. Sow a Virtual seed (and be in with the chance of winning a holiday!)
Pollinator news from our network…
Grow Wild has been funding young people to lead projects to transform local spaces with UK native wild flowers to promote the importance of wild flowers and pollinators. This year Caton Scouts Pollinator Pathways youth-led project in Lancaster has sown large areas of wild flowers and planted hedges as part of their ‘forestry’ badge. They are learning about bee habitat through creating solitary bee-houses and habitat hotels. Students at York University are doing an interactive arts project alongside sowing and planting areas of wild flowers at the University. Young people from Manchester Climate Change Agency are holding interactive educational events and getting the community together to sow and plant wild flowers in different spaces around Manchester.
Grow Wild community group Bosavern Community Farm in Cornwall has received funding to develop many new wild flower areas and is pioneering a UK native black-bee breeding programme. They have constructed an observation hive for school groups to learn about the fascinating world of bees and will be installing interactive ‘accelerometer’ technology to monitor the bees’ activity and hive-communication through vibration. School groups will be bringing this secret language to life through music and performance interpretation.