A HOUSING development in Milton Keynes has been getting special plants to attract threatened bees.
Housebuilder David Wilson Homes has placed bee friendly plants like honeysuckles, foxgloves, poppies, lavenders and catmint at its new developments, including at Stratford Park, in Great Monks Street, Wolverton.
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) says bee numbers declined by 16 per cent last winter alone which is bad news as the buzzing flower-hunters are vital pollinators in the food chain.
The economic value of honey bees and bumble bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year.
Jackie Day, sales director for David Wilson Homes said: “We have incorporated a selection of bee friendly plants at our new developments and hope to do the same on all our new developments wherever possible.
“We hope that our initiative will raise awareness of how important the bee is in the British garden and encourage others to provide more habitats and forage at their own homes.”
artin Tovey, President of the BBKA, said: “It is very encouraging to see companies such as David Wilson Homes taking steps to help our bees. Hopefully, this will help to persuade more people to think about ways that they too can help.”
For more information on bee friendly plants visit www.bbka.org.uk