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Angmering In Bloom Association
Bee Theme for Angmering in Bloom
Last year a Logo was designed for AIB which included a Bee, a Butterfly and a Ladybird, because of this and the publicity about the plight of Bees, AIB have decided to use Bees as the theme for this year.
AIB will be encouraging people to plant Bee friendly plants, create Bee hotels and habitats and maybe even becoming involved in Bee keeping.
AIB has approached Ferring Nurseries, who plant up the Village Centre so beautifully, and they were very keen to include Bee friendly plants in this year's planting scheme and planters.
As well as the planting, AIB would like to include some Bee art in the beds either in the form of Bee habitats or sculptures. We will be approaching the Schools, Youth groups and Village societies to see if they would like to get involved in this.
Bee picture sent in by Bethany, Finley and Daniel from Bramley Green
Bee hotel in the tree outside St Margaert's Court
Bee Theme for Angmering in Bloom 2015 - All About Angmering article
You may have noticed in the news recently the importance of bees to our environment as they are vital pollinators of many food crops. Nearly a third of all we eat depends on bees for pollination. Therefore AIB decided to have bees as their theme for this year to encourage the planting of bee friendly plants.
There are about 270 species of bees in the UK, these include 27 species of Bumblebees, 1 of Honeybees and the remainder are made up of different species of Solitary Bees
Bumblebees are furry and often stripy, most have black and yellow stripes with a white tail. They live in colonies in holes in the ground or tussocky grass.
Honeybees range in colour from orange to almost black and tend to live in large hives owned by beekeepers, however they can occasionally start a new colony of their own, usually in a tree.
Solitary bees can look similar to bumblebees and honeybees or even wasps. They don’t live in colonies but live individually in tunnels under the ground, or in soft sandy banks and occasionally old mortar, dry stone walls and tubes or tunnels in dead wood.
What Bees Need
All bee species need three fundamental things; nest sites, pollen and nectar.
Flowers provide pollen and nectar, however no single plant will suit all bees. In order to provide food for all types of bees a range of flower types, ideally flowering from January to the end of October, is required.
As well as planting a range of different flowers, open single blooms are preferred to cultivated double ones. It is also recommended that planting big groups of the same flower together rather than a flower bed with one of everything is more beneficial.
More information on the best bee friendly plants to grow can be found by doing an internet search on RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
How Can We All Help
This year AIB has approached Ferring Nurseries, who plant up the Village Centre, to include bee friendly plants in their planting schemes and planters throughout the Village.
As well as this planting, AIB will be encouraging the Scouts to plant their bed on the corner of Lansdowne Road with bee friendly plants and also creating some bee habitats around the Village.
If you would also like to help then please plant flowers with bees in mind or create nesting sites.
We would love to know how you are helping bees, please send details or pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org