Property company is aiming to protect the bee community

FRIENDLY Ian Wallace is the managing director of David Wilson Homes and the firm will be using bee-friendly plants in their new-build show home gardens
FRIENDLY Ian Wallace is the managing director of David Wilson Homes and the firm will be using bee-friendly plants in their new-build show home gardens
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Bees are facing a tough time at the moment with the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) reporting that a third of all honey bee colonies were lost over last winter.

The late arrival of spring is expected to have caused numbers to fall further still.

In Hampshire we are hoping to boost the bee population.

We have pledged to feature bee-friendly plants in all of our David Wilson Homes show home gardens and encouraging our buyers to follow suit.

We’ll be offering our buyers seeds to set them on their way and advice from the BBKA with details of the most bee-friendly plants they can plant.

We also have plans to work with local schools and organisations to promote bee-friendly gardening to a wider audience.

Our work with the BBKA comes as Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley, has pledged to publish a pollinator strategy and an urgent government review into the declining number of British bees by the end of 2013.

The BBKA says that last winter’s losses were more than double the losses of the previous year.

With some 24,000 members, the BBKA is the leading organisation supporting honey bees and beekeepers within the UK.

It aims to promote and further the craft of beekeeping.

But to also advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment.

We have a number of developments in the region, including at Purbrook and Clanfield.

By pledging our support to creating the best possible environment for bees, we hope to play a small part in the survival of these insects.