A huge billboard adorning thousands of pollinating plants in support of urban bees, otherwise known as a Bee Pit Stop, has been unveiled at London’s Kings Cross.
The beehive-shaped installation is 36m tall and doubles up as a flower-packed safe space for London’s bees. It contains 500 plugs of lavender, as well as other bee-friendly plant species, such as salvia, spurges and sedum.
Rapid urban development means bees have to travel further between areas that are suitable for them to feed and nest, meaning safe spaces with suitable flowers are harder to come by.
Around 8 out of 10 people are concerned about falling numbers of bees, but 75% of people have no idea how they can make a difference, according to B&Q, who created the Bee Pit Stop in collaboration with Matt Childs, designer of the RHS award-winning ‘B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden’.
The aim of the ‘Bee Pit Stop’ is to encourage the nation to plant one million individual bee pit stops in outdoor spaces across the country.
A bee pit stop is a dedicated area populated with bee-friendly flowers. Whether it’s a whole pollinator flower bed or just a pot of lavender on a balcony, a bee pit stop is a safe space for bees to rest and refuel, which anyone can easily create in their own outdoor space.
From potting lavender on your balcony, to hanging a floral basket, or building a bountiful flower bed in your garden, anyone can set up suitable pit stops for bees to relax and refuel.
Steve Guy, outdoor market director at B&Q, said: “The livelihood of bees is intrinsically tied to ours so it’s incredibly important that we do our part to save the bees – the consequences are dire if we don’t act.
“We know that UK gardeners are increasingly eco-conscious and want to create outdoor spaces that are kind to nature and wildlife, but it’s imperative Britain takes action, and there is still more we can all do to make our gardens a haven for bees. Whether you’re planting a pot of lavender on your urban balcony, or a dedicated pollinator bed in your garden, it’s a lot easier than many think to create a ‘bee pit stop’ so we want as many people to get involved as possible.”
For more information on how to create your own Bee Pit Stop, visit the B&Q website
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com