When I spotted an email in my inbox about the Save the honey bees campaign I had to share it with you. Burt's Bees and the British Bee Keeper's Association have teamed up with 4 celebs who have designed bespoke bee hives to auction off to help save the honey bee! All proceeds go to the British Bee Keeper's Association to fund research into honey bee health and essential education for bee keepers. Keep reading to see why bees need our help. For more information on the BBKA and how they are helping with the conversation of the British Bee, visit www.adoptabeehive.co.uk or www.britishbee.org.uk
The Joanna Lumley box (far left) is my favourite
More than just a sweet treat, honey has long been renowned for its health benefits. Naturally anti-inflammatory, a powerful antiseptic, soothing and moisturising it is no surprise that the unique properties of honey should be harnessed for use in a range of products from skin care to natural remedies.
However the hardworking, humble honey bee is under threat. In the US the bee-per-hectare count has fallen nearly 90 per cent since 1961, and in China some crops are now pollinated by hand using feather brushes because there aren’t enough bees to do the job.
Brian Ripley, Chairman of the BBKA said: “The situation isn’t quite this extreme in the UK but we can’t be complacent. Winter is always a hard time for bees; three years ago more than one in three of the UK’s honey bees died. The situation is improving, our bees are getting healthier, but they are still not out of intensive care yet.”
Bees are central to our food supply with one third of all crops relying on pollination. No one knows the exact reason why bees are suffering, but loss of habitat, disease, the use of pesticides and even vehicle emissions could all play a part. What we do know is that the impact of bees on our eco-system is critical and direct action is required to protect our environment.