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Bees' Needs Week

Carnaby has more than 700 hanging baskets, window box displays and planters to make the fashion hot spot as attractive to bees as it is to fashionistas. Part of the Wild West End project, the move to bedeck the iconic London area with thousands of nectar-rich flowers was championed by Pollinators’ Minister Lord Gardiner to mark the start of Bees’ Needs Week with a visit to Carnaby on 17 July 2017.

Bees’ Needs Week – an annual event to promote the actions people can take to protect pollinating insects – saw a hive of activity across the country including a Pollination Day held by Kew Gardens and a series of Bees and Butterflies walks hosted by the Wildlife Trusts.

Pollinators, such as bees, are vital to the ecosystem and green features in the urban landscape – from sedum pods on roofs to window boxes with pollinator-friendly plants – encourage biodiversity and give residents, visitors and workers a chance to enjoy nature and improve health and well-being. Bees, butterflies and other insects play a crucial role in our environment and our economy, with 1,500 species of insects pollinating crops in the UK, contributing an estimated £600m to our economy. However, many struggle to find the habitats and food they need. By thinking about Bees’ Needs and taking simple actions to meet them, people across the UK can help give bees and pollinators the food and shelter they need to survive.

Lord Gardiner from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: - “Our Bees’ Needs champions from Shaftesbury have done an excellent job turning Carnaby Street in to a paradise for pollinators. The project is a fine example of businesses working together and shows how landowners across the country can do their bit to help our bees.”