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Build a bee friendly garden

List of bee friendly plants

Flower/Plant

Flowering Period

Willow

Spring

Whitethorn

Spring

Crab Apple

Spring

Dandelion

Spring

Dead-nettles

Spring

Self-heal

Summer

Oxeye Daisy

Summer

Bird’s-foot-trefoil

Summer

Clover

Summer

Knapweed

Autumn

Berberis

Spring

Broom

Spring

Viburnum

Spring

Grape Hyacinth

Spring

Lungwort

Spring

Comfrey

Spring-Summer

Wallflower

Spring-Summer

Phacelia

Spring-Summer

Allium

Summer

Scabious

Summer

Calamint

Summer

Lamb’s-ear

Summer

Lavender

Summer

Sunflowers

Summer

Rudbeckia

Autumn

Heathers

Autumn

Aster

Autumn

Eupatorium

Autumn

Mahonia

Winter

Crocus

Winter

Rosemary

Spring-Summer

Oregano

Summer

Thyme

Summer

Borage

Spring-Autumn

Bidens

Summer-Autumn

Provide shelter

Reduce your grass cutting regime! Reducing your grass cutting regime is the most cost effective and time efficient way to help bees. It saves you from having to cut the grass all the time and provides much needed nesting spots for bees!

Build your own or buy a bee hotel to put in an area of your garden. This will provide shelter for solitary bees! As well as this, some bees like to live in earth banks or bare soil. Why not scrape back some grass to create a bare bank of soil in your garden where solitary bees can nest!

Provide food

Reducing your grass cutting regime doesn’t mean you have to let the whole patch of grass grow. Why not simply cut parts of your grass less frequently to allow wildflowers like dandelions and clover to grow and provide much needed food for the bees! These actions mean you do not have to go and buy wildflower seeds. As well as this, you could plant flowering hedgerows, shrubs or trees in your garden. Not only do they look nice, bees love them too!

Sometimes we may not have as much space as we’d like in our garden. Why not maximise space by planting some pollinator friendly plants and flowers in hanging baskets or window boxes!

Put up signage!

If your garden is in a communal area, make sure that you put up signage informing people what exactly it is your doing. Some may argue that the garden looks messy or unkempt if you do not cut it. If you put up signage informing people that these are the actions you are taking to help save the bees, they will view your garden more favourably and might encourage other to do the same in their garden!

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