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Bees Needs Two!

Posted: Tuesday 23rd August 2016 by Communities

Image Courtesy of Jeremy Early

Surrey Wildlife Trust, council officers, volunteers, allotment holders and stewards showed off how they’ve been caring for wild pollinators and wildlife on Colesmead Allotment, Redhill.

I hadn't realised it was that easy to make a real difference for our wildlife!

A mixed group of volunteers, gardeners and park staff gathered at Colesmead Allotment in Redhill to show visitors at the open day what they’ve achieved through the Bees Needs Project. So far about 40 new species of bee and other pollinating insects have visited the site since the improvements.

This innovative project is funded by DEFRA as part of its national strategy for conserving bumblebees and is being delivered by a partnership of Surrey Wildlife Trust, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, YMCA and Reigate Bee Keepers Society helping allotment holders to improve their site.

Visitors from the local community and other allotments joined tours of the site learning how to make wildlife friendly areas in gardens or allotments. They were able to discover more about allotments, wildlife gardening, planting for wildlife, animal homes and keeping honey bees.

It is hoped that gardeners and allotment groups across Surrey will take up these ideas and create more space for our important wild pollinators. The partners in this exciting project will complete the remaining tasks for enhancing this allotment site and carry on promoting the message about bees needs.


Clare Ritchie

Allotments Officer, Reigate & Banstead Council

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