Posted 17th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
The public are being called on to grow weeds to help Britain's bees
A new survey carried out by Friends of the Earth has found that 57 per cent of people would be happy to let their garden grow wilder, so long as it helps bees and other wildlife. This could involve letting weeds and wildflowers or leaving patches of grass grow longer.
Calls for wildlife-friendly gardens coincides with the Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count (17 May - 30 June), which is supported by gardening experts Kate Bradbury, Val Bourne, Martin Cox and Alys Fowler.
The Great British Bee Count is now in its fifth year and allows the public to find out more about the bees who visit our green spaces, and what can be done to help them.
Alys Fowler said: "Some call them weeds, but I call them rambunctious joy because surely that is what something that chooses to flower whatever the weather, however many times it’s head is chopped off, despite being trodden on, is called, to be so triumphant despite others’ prejudice. And prejudice is just what it is because whilst we were mislabelling them weeds rather than wildflowers they carried on with their vital work, feeding our bees, pollinators, beneficial insects and beetles, whatever the weather, wherever they grow."
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and Ecotalk, said: "Britain’s bees play a vital role in our environment and in pollinating the crops that feed us - but for the last 50 years they’ve been in decline, this is mostly due to the impact of industrial scale farming as well as a general loss of habitat - land for nature."
"The Great British Bee Count is a great initiative, and Ecotalk is delighted to support it. We’ve launched Ecotalk, Britain's green mobile phone service, powered by renewable energy with the proceeds being used to buy land and give it back to nature - to create new habitats for the bees and other creatures of Britain."