Housebuilder steps up efforts to save the British honey bee

From left, Mark Clare, chief exec for the Barratt Group with Jane Moseley, operations director for the BBKA
From left, Mark Clare, chief exec for the Barratt Group with Jane Moseley, operations director for the BBKA

A homebuilder is planting bee friendly crops in a Wolverton development to help save the pollinators in peril.

David Wilson Homes South Midlands has teamed up with the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) in a three year campaign to encourage just the right kind of plants.

The Stratford Park development of three and four bedroom homes, in Stratford Road, will be part of an attempt to transform the landscaping to become more bee friendly. The kind of plants bees like include roses, poppies, pansies and fruit trees.

Mark Clare, group chief executive of Barratt Developments, David Wilson Homes’ parent company, said bee-friendly planting will become standard practice in all its show home gardens and open spaces. He added: “We’ll also be working with our home owners to provide help and advice in creating bee-friendly environments – whether it’s a window box, roof terrace or wild flower meadow.”

Jane Moseley, operations director of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), added: “Given the amount of landscaping at its 400 developments nationally, we are delighted to be working with David Wilson Homes South Midlands to raise awareness of the British honey bee. More bee-friendly space will help to increase the bee’s food supply, providing them and other pollinators with more adequate nutrition, especially pollen during the late summer when the specialised bees, which take the colony through the winter, are born.”

A government review into the declining number of British bees is expected by the end of 2013.