Learning how to save the bee population.
Justin Tomlinson MP and his wife Jo (pictured getting into the spirit of things with her ‘bee’ dress) visited B&Q Swindon to learn how the UK’s largest garden centre is helping to save the bee population.
Launched nationwide, Bee Café workshops at B&Q’s Kids Can Do It centres will help teach children how to create a bee friendly habitat at home.
The workshops for 7-11 year olds, which are free to all B&Q Club members, let kids get hands on by creating their very own Bee Café with pollen rich plants.
Mr Tomlinson helped the kids get stuck in whilst learning about why it is so important to help the bee population.
Earlier this year, (January), as a precautionary measure, B&Q was one of the first major UK retailers to pledge to help protect the bee by voluntarily withdrawing pesticides containing imidacloprid, the pesticide which has been proven to be harmful to bees.
Bees are vital to the UK’s food security and economy and recent studies show a drop of up to 30 per cent in bee colonies in Europe due to a variety of potential causes such as disease, habitat loss, certain pesticides, and pollution.
Matthew Sexton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at B&Q says “Our Bee Friendly campaign is ramping up as we’re now teaching kids across the UK how to help the bee population.
Our new workshops are proving to be popular with children as we help educate the next generation of gardeners.”
Mr Tomlinson comments: “It’s fantastic that local children can learn about the plight of the bee which has been very topical recently. The kids have had a lot of fun here and Jo and I learnt a lot about what we can do in our garden to encourage bees.
"Local residents have been supporting national campaigns to support our vital bee population and this was a real fun, practical way for children and parents to help play their part.”
In addition to withdrawing pesticides containing imidacloprid and launching its Bee Friendly campaign, customers can see in-store and online activity encouraging gardeners to choose bee friendly products and create bee-friendly gardens. B&Q also provides bee friendly plant labels to help customers identify plants that will create a safe environment for bees in their gardens.
B&Q is a leader in sustainability, having been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise last year as well as being named Retail Week’s Responsible Retailer of the Year for its One Planet Home programme.
The retailer is already famous for its timber credentials, and by launching their One Planet Home garden friendly programme, B&Q aims to help customers nurture and boast greener gardens in every way; from offering industry leading peat-free compost, to guides for creating a diverse eco habitat for bees and wildlife and informing customers on how to use chemicals responsibly.