A local wildlife group is helping to support a national campaign to protect bees.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trusts have joined forces on a Bee Creative in the Garden! campaign to urge gardeners to do more to help protect bumblebees and solitary bees, heroes of the pollinator world.
The South Notts group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust will focus on bees at its annual Spring Fair in Ruddington on Saturday 20th May.
The call for action comes as bees are under increasing pressure largely due to loss of habitat. The network of 15 million gardens that once formed ‘green corridors’ for wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. The number of front gardens that have been paved over has tripled in a decade and over five million have no plants growing at all.
Local volunteers have knitted stripy bees to highlight the plight of these crucial insects. The woolly versions will be available at the Fair as part of a ‘Bee Creative’ action pack. The kit will arm gardeners with the advice, insights and inspiration they need to create habitats that support wild bees as they emerge from their nests in early spring to forage for food.
The Fair will help raise vital funds to support local wildlife with a wide range of plants, homemade cakes, pre-owned CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. Visitors can also win prizes at the tombola and enjoy a relaxing drink at the café.
The Spring Fair takes place on Saturday 20th May from 9.30am to 12pm at St Peter’s Rooms, Ruddington, NG11 6HA.