WILD FLOWERS FOR BEES

You may have heard in the news that bees are struggling. Modern farming has reduced the habitat in which bees can forage, while disease and pesticides have put bee populations under further strain. Many of our food crops are dependent on pollination by bees, with some scientists estimating that a third of the food we eat would disappear without them.

Why wildflowers?
Bees thrive on a nutritious and varied diet, honey bees particularly love wildflowers, as the nectar and pollen inside are easily accessible to them.

SOW WILDFLOWERS IN YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN AND ENCOURAGE THE BEES

• Choose a sunny area, approximately 2m x 2m, or in some
designated plant beds
• Clear the planting area of all existing vegetation, creating a fine
soil bed
• Sprinkle the wildflower seeds evenly on the ground by hand. This is
best done in autumn or spring.
• Lightly rake the seeds over so they have a fine covering of soil.
• If rainfall is not adequate in your area to keep the seeds
moistened, then you will need to water them until established –
this is usually up to four weeks.