A simple but brilliant idea to get you buzzing

There’s an age-old saying: “You’ll attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” It’s a lesson we’d all be wise to heed, although a dash of vinegar can also go a long way at times! But the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is now promoting its own brand of honey so that gardeners across the land can bring the buzz back into their lives literally.

And it’s one of those simple but brilliant ideas that leaves you wondering why on earth it hasn’t happened until now … A “Perfect for Pollinators” plant list and a logo for plant labels so they can scream out BEE FRIENDLY! Well Pollinator friendly, to be precise. It’s a great idea, don’t you think?

The ‘RHS Perfect for Pollinators’ label was developed when writer and broadcaster Sarah Raven approached the charity with the idea of flagging up to gardeners plants most suitable for pollinators. “Gardens are vital havens for pollinators because they tend to include a much greater diversity of pollen and nectar sources available over a longer period than commercially managed agricultural land,” says Roger Williams, Head of Science RHS. “This is the sort of initiative we should be involved in to help gardeners be more environmentally friendly. The list and the logo, we hope, will be a practical way to help gardeners really focus in on plants that are best for pollinating insects. We are really pleased to have the support of the Horticultural Trades Association and a real interest from garden centres across the country.”

Over the last 50 years a decline in many groups of insects has been noticed. These include some of the common butterflies, moths, hoverflies and bees, explains the RHS. The reason for this is complex but part of the problem may be the reduction in the abundance of wild flowers in the countryside. Gardens with their variety of flowers are increasingly being seen as an important habitat where insects can find sources of nectar and pollen.

“The days of punnets of strawberries costing £50 is fast upon us,” says Sarah Raven. “Without insects busying themselves on our behalf pollinating fruit and vegetables, a healthy diet of ‘five a day’ will soon be gone.”

The RHS advises that there are a number of things gardeners can do to help insects. It suggests;

  • Gardeners should consult the RHS Perfect for Pollinator list www.rhs.org.uk/plants when selecting plants
  • Look out for the RHS Perfect for Pollinator logo in garden centres and nurseries
  • Avoid plants with double or multi-petal flowers
  • Aim to have plants in flower from early spring to late autumn
  • Think about using British wild flowers as additions to planting schemes
  • Observe the plants in your garden and plant more of those that attract insects

So all you keen gardeners out there in the UK go for it and look at out for RHS logo. For those of you in other countries, see if there’s a similar scheme in your region and let me know. If there isn’t … maybe you could act to get one started!?!

About Gail Shameza Rajgor

Gail Rajgor is a business journalist and editor specialising in global energy and environment issues. Her current clients include Energy Demand (Editor) and Renewable Energy Focus (Editorial Consultant and Renewables Analyst). With a career spanning the last 20 years, previous positions include Managing Editor of Renewable Energy Focus and Senior Editor of Windpower Monthly, while her freelance clients have included Renews, PV Insider, Wind Energy Update, and Tidal Today alongside general business magazines including Risk Specialist and Director. She has also produced her own magazine, Sustainable Energy Developments, in the past. Today, in addition to her freelance editorial roles, Gail is also a professional photographer running her own company Rage With A Smile Photography.
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2 Responses to A simple but brilliant idea to get you buzzing

  1. Rifqi says:

    Hmm, that might be something to check out so I can get the bees to come home to me instead of me having to go out hunting them. After that I just have to figure out how to make them sit still and let me shoot them :p

    • Go for it. Help yourself with your passion and help the bees and their buzzing pollinating little friends in the process (and us all in the long term too). And as a happy snapper of bees myself (I love it … just see my flickr site if you don’t believe me) … I assure you it works. Now get to that garden centre!

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