Bees’ Needs Week is back for the third year running and will take place from 9th to 15th July.
Lord Gardiner attended the launch of Bees’ Needs Week on Carnaby Street, which has been renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ to raise awareness of the campaign.
Defra has partnered with Carnaby London, the leading West End shopping and dining destination to kick off the week of bee and pollinator action from government, conservation groups, industry and retailers to raise awareness of the campaign and the ways people can help save the bees.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
‘’Bees and other pollinators are vital contributors to the beauty of our landscapes, our economy and our £100 billion food industry.
‘’It is inspiring to see such a wide range of organisations celebrating these essential creatures for this unique Bees’ Needs campaign - showing us that all of us can play a part and help pollinators to thrive.’’
Recent actions Government has taken to protect bees include:
Two schools, St Albans School in Hampshire and Trythall in Cornwall, will receive the Pollinator Champion Award from Lord Gardiner, which recognises their invaluable work in helping pollinators thrive.
Defra Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Lord Gardiner, said:
“It is my pleasure to award the Pollinator Champion Award to St Albans Primary School in Havant and the Trythall Community Primary School from Penzance. I would like to thank these young people and their teachers for their exceptional work in helping to protect these vital pollinators and their dedication in raising awareness of bees’ needs.
“Bees’ Needs Week is about celebrating the fact that everyone can get involved by growing more flowers, leaving patches of garden to grow wild, cutting grass less, not disturbing insect nests, and thinking carefully about using pesticides.’’
The campaign also celebrates the efforts of a wide-range of organisations that will be present in The Hive – a discovery centre dedicated to pollinators on Carnaby Street, London:
Simon Quayle, Director, Shaftesbury, said:
“Shaftesbury is delighted to support the launch of Bees’ Needs Week, on our very own ‘Carnabee’ Street, which is also being backed by many of our occupants in the area. There has been an alarming decline in the pollinators across the UK, which play a vital role and are the unsung heroes in our ecosystem.
‘’We can all play our part in helping to boost the population, even in urban environments. If you take a closer look around our areas of London’s West End you can see we’ve introduced pockets of pollinator friendly plants wherever possible. With hanging baskets and window boxes, green walls and roofs, and even the introduction of rooftop beehives adorning parts of the area, it offers a much-needed oasis for our pollinating friends.”
A swarm of activity is taking place in the world-famous shopping destination to raise awareness of Bees’ Needs including:
Notes to editors
Hi-res images and interviews available on request, please contact:
Sadie Lister at Defra
Tel: 020 8565 4748
Katie Champain at Sister London for more information on Carnaby
Tel: 020 7287 9601
Jade Neal / Ollie Hoare at MHP for more information on Shaftesbury
Tel: 0203 128 8100
About Bees’ Needs Week
Bees’ Needs Week is part of the National Pollinator Strategy, a 10 year plan which sets out how Government, beekeepers, conservation groups, farmers and researchers can work together to improve the status of the 1,500 or so pollinating insects in England. It prioritises the management and creation of wildlife-rich habitat, raising awareness, managing bee health and strengthening the evidence base. Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-pollinator-strategy-for-bees-and-otherpollinators-in-england
Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing our food and contributing to our biodiversity. While collecting pollen for food, ‘pollinators’ - mainly insects, in particular bees and hoverflies but also butterflies, moths, some beetles and other flying insects – transfer pollen between plants, enabling their fertilisation and growth. 75% of global food crops and nearly 90% of wild flowering plants depend at least to some extent on animal pollination. Pollinators are worth about £1/3 trillion to global food production each year.
However, despite all they do for us, pollinators face a range of pressures from habitat loss to pests and diseases. Defra’s research shows that the overall status of pollinating insects has declined since 1980. Globally, one in ten pollinating insects is on the verge of extinction. Therefore, the dangers they face also threaten our £100bn food industry, which is at the heart of our economy.
For more information on Bees’ Needs Week, events, and how you can get involved, visit www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bees-needs
Follow #BeesNeeds on twitter to find out more about the campaign and tweet your pollinator questions to charities, businesses and bee experts.
Pollinators in numbers
Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, where over 100 retail brands of quality and distinction and over 60 independent restaurants, cafés and bars can be found across 14 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street. Carnaby is a unique and iconic experiential shopping, dining and leisure destination.
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Across the 14 streets of Carnaby, owned by Shaftesbury, there are over 700 window boxes, green walls and roofs, hanging baskets. There are also two bee hives located on the roof tops to encourage pollinators to the area all year round.
During Bees’ Needs week, visitors are encouraged to seek out Carnaby’s best buzzing buys for summer, including Swatch’s MAX L’ABEILLE bumblebee inspired watch, Superga’s bee illustrated trainers, Joy Everley Fine Jewellers delicate silver and vermail bee collection and Havaianas’ black and yellow flip flops. Foodies, head to Carnaby’s Kingly Court to enjoy a honey infused cocktail and dessert at Le Bab, honeycomb doughnuts at Bread Ahead and ‘Honey 75’ cocktail at Whyte & Brown.
Shaftesbury owns an exceptional real estate portfolio extending to 14.9 acres in the heart of London's West End - a highly popular, sought-after and prosperous location. Shaftesbury focuses on retail, restaurants and leisure in the liveliest parts of the West End. The portfolio comprises 587 shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs, extending to 1.1 million sq. ft., 452,000 sq. ft. of offices and 578 apartments. Its proven long-term management strategy is to create and foster distinctive, lively and prosperous locations. Its holdings are mainly concentrated in Carnaby, Seven Dials and Chinatown but also include substantial ownership in East and West Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia.