The Bee Friendly Trust is transforming railway station platforms and other neglected sites in the UK into forage-full habitats in which honey bees and other pollinators can thrive.
The Bee Friendly Trust works with railway authorities, volunteers and schools to provide a network of flowering habitats for honeybees. They build planters and create mini orchards on railway station platforms, solar farms and other land – filling the planters with bee-friendly flowers to form pollinator corridors across urban centres and beyond.
Honeybee numbers have been steadily declining in the UK, mainly due to habitat loss, climate change, toxic pesticides and disease. Yet without them, around a third of the food people eat wouldn’t exist.
The Bee Friendly Trust say: “We want to create a world where honeybees and other pollinators have the habitats they need in order to thrive, and in which individuals and communities feel inspired and empowered to nurture and sustain these habitats for the future.”
To date, the Bee Friendly Trust has worked alongside Transport for London, local Community Rail Partnerships, Friends of Stoneham Park, and Thames Ditton in Bloom to brighten up railway station platforms, create wildlife gardens, and introduce the next generation to bees in urban parks.
The Bee Friendly Trust also offer educational workshops for all ages, and offer creative resources to schools to raise awareness about the importance of the honey bee.
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