Gardeners urged to help bees

Posted on 27 September 2012

Green fingered enthusiasts in the region are being invited to an event at Bridgemere Nursery & Garden World this weekend to find out about how they can help protect the British bee population.

Dr William Kirk, a senior lecturer from Keele University and lead author of Plants for Bees will be giving a talk on Saturday 29 September at 11am to advise the general public on how they can enrich their gardens to help bees thrive by choosing the right plants.

The talk coincides with the launch of the book, which includes a foreword written by BBC presenter Kate Humble. Plants for Bees gives advice to help all kinds of British bees, including honeybees, solitary bees and wild bumblebees. It is a successor to a book first published in 1945, compiled by Dr Norman Howes, a professional botanist and member of the scientific staff at Kew Gardens. Dr Kirk hopes that by modernising the book, he will bring it to a wider audience of readers looking to help bees in their gardens.

Visitors to the centre will also be able to get a signed copy of the book.

Dr Kirk comments: “Bees are battling a range of problems causing their decline, but the public can make a big difference and help bees no matter where they live by making our gardens as bee-friendly as possible.”