Friday, 18 January 2013

How To Make Your Own Bee-Friendly Zone

Here's an idea that is simple, easy to implement, and that will make a difference to everyone's quality of life!

The idea is to create Bee-Friendly Zones in as many places as possible, from window boxes to gardens, from public parks to whole towns and cities.

This is complementary to the excellent work done by the Bee Guardian Foundation - please support them!

What is a Bee-Friendly Zone?
Simply a safe place for bees and other pollinators to forage and go about their business.

A Bee-Friendly Zone has:
  • bee-friendly flowers - especially wild flowers - and 
  • no toxic chemicals.
This means you can make a BFZ really easily by: 
  • planting some wild flower seeds, and 
  • avoiding the use of any insecticides or herbicides 

Literally anyone with access to even a small patch of land can make a BFZ - and if you only have room for a windowbox or a planter, that can also be a BFZ.

OK, it sounds simple, so what's the big deal?

Imagine if you make your garden a BFZ and put up a sign that says,

'This is a Bee-Friendly Zone

Your neighbours get curious and ask you about it and some of them also make BFZs. They tell their friends on Facebook and Twitter... You get the picture: soon we could have BFZs springing up all over the place - schools, public parks, whole neighbourhoods...

And all these BFZs are free from toxic pesticides. Which means that fewer and fewer people buy them and all the big stores and garden centres don't even sell them anymore, because people kept asking them, 'Why do you sell this stuff that kills bees?'.

How quickly could we make this happen?

Find out more here.

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