Create a bee street
Join forces with your neighbours to create a bee street
What’s a Grow Wild bee street?
A bee street is a corridor of wild flower patches or spaces along your street that’s been sown with seeds from our Grow Wild kits.
The aim is to join with friends and neighbours to set up a pathway of wild flowers that provide rich sources of nectar for bees and other pollinators.
Why create a bee street?
Bees and other pollinators get even more out of wild flowers if they can visit a number of wild flower patches at the same time. In towns and cities, this is particularly important because they can struggle to find food.
By working with your neighbours to create as many wild flower patches as possible, you can help bees to find their way from one habitat to another and give them a helping hand. And of course, your native wild flowers will look great too!
Why bees and other pollinators need our help
The honey bee population in the UK has halved in the last 25 years. Exact reasons for these declines aren’t known but include:
- shrinking habitats
- pests and diseases
- the use of pesticides and fertilisers on crops
- recent poor summers
And we’re not just losing bees. Three-quarters of butterfly species and two-thirds of moths have seen their populations go down since the 1970s.
If pollinating insects can’t move around, they go hungry, their breeding pools become smaller and the species become less resistant to pests and diseases. So your bee street could make bees (and other insects) very happy!
Bees are important to us all
Bees don’t just make honey in hives; they perform a vital job that helps continue the life cycle of plants and crops.
As bees flit from flower to flower searching for nectar to feed on, their bodies pick up grains of pollen from one plant and transfer them to the reproductive parts of another.
So both flowers and bees get something out of the visits. The flowers provide food for the bees and in return they get some pollen so they can reproduce. Without this process, many flowers and crops like strawberries, apples and pears would disappear.
How do I create a Grow Wild bee street?
Just follow the six steps below to create your bee street.
Get together with your friends and family and draw up a plan of action. Work out how many packets of seeds you’ve got left over and can give to your neighbours. Give your bee street a name such as the ‘Hill Street Bees’.
Knock on your neighbours’ doors and find out if they’d like to get involved. Take an adult with you if you’re under 18.
Make a note of who needs a Grow Wild packet of seeds. Remember that you don’t need a big space in which to sow your seeds. Even a flower pot on a doorstep will help as long as it gets some sunshine.
Distribute the seed packets to your neighbours. If an older neighbour wants to take part but isn’t able to sow the seeds themselves, perhaps this is something you can do for them.
Have fun together preparing your patches and sowing your seeds. Combine efforts and hold a neighbourhood seed-sowing party, sharing available tools and helping each other with the preparation and sowing.
Because you’re part of the pilot, your neighbours won’t be able to register your bee street at with Grow Wild so you’ll need to make sure you do it for them. You can also check out who else is creating bee streets in your area and around the country.
Don’t forget to tell us how your bee street gets on. Share your pictures, tell us which flowers appear first and which are doing best. And of course, make sure we know when you see bees and other pollinators.
Did you know?
Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” That’s food for thought!