Plants for a bee friendly garden

There’s been a fair bit about bees in the news this week as Friends of the Earth launched their new campaign The Bee Cause. It’s an attempt to kickstart a national ‘bee action plan’, in response to the steep decline of the British bee and the cost to the economy of having to pollinate crops without them. You can read the news story here and sign the petition.

The thing I most wanted to share is this lovely graphic, featuring some of Britain’s most common bees and their favourite plants. It’s probably a little small, so you might want to download the booklet it comes from here. The booklet includes other tips for encouraging bee-life in your garden.

(The illustration is by Stuart Gardiner, who also does a nifty line in tea towels showing seasonal food tables. I’ve got one in my kitchen.)

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2 Comments on “Plants for a bee friendly garden”

  1. Emily Heath April 14, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    What a fantastic design, so intricate.

    • Jeremy April 14, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      I think I might write to FOE and the designer and see if they’d consider making it into a poster. I’d quite like that on the wall.

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