With bee and beneficial insect populations in serious decline, Mr Fothergill’s is focused on producing products that will help increase these populations and keep them pollinating our crops far into the future.
Bees and beneficial insects play an essential role as pollinators in our gardens. They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilising plants so they start forming fruits and seeds. Bees and other beneficial insects pollinate approximately 70 of the top 100 most popular food crops, and 80% of all flowering plants on Earth!
Unfortunately, bees and other beneficial insects are under increasing threat due to pesticides, parasites and climate change – but we can help them by using responsible gardening practices, planting flowers to attract them and providing them with shelter.
Our hexagonal Bee & Insect Sanctuary Kit contains a hexagonal wooden sanctuary and a sachet of pollinator-friendly flower seeds to help attract bees and beneficial insects to your garden. The seed mix is made up of the following varieties and covers approximately 2m2:
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
- Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
- Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
- Fine flower (Gilia leptantha)
- Toadflax (Linaria maroccana)
- Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
- Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)
- Nemophila (Nemophila menziesii)
- Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
- Marigold African (Tagetes erecta)
- Chinese Forget-Me-Not (Cynoglossum amabile)
- Borage (Borago officinalis)
- Evening Primrose (Oenothera pallida)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Native Violet (Viola hederacea)
- Swan River Daisy (Brachycome iberidifolia)
- Sage (Salvia officinalis)
This kit is most suited towards solitary bees and other beneficial insects; it is not a honey hive. The sanctuary is coated in a non-toxic oil for protection making it weatherproof and safe for bees and insects. It is also made of FSC timber, meaning it is responsibly sourced and eco-friendly.
How To Grow:
To use, simply hook a piece of wire into the back loop of the sanctuary and attach it to a tree trunk or branch or simply place it amongst the garden.
Sowing your seeds:
- Prepare the chosen area for your seeds by turning or raking the soil until you have a good crumbly consistency, removing any stones and weeds as you go.
- Open the seed sachet and shake out the seeds thinly and evenly directly over the prepared area.
- Gently rake over the seedbed to lightly cover the seeds.
- Water well until the plants are established.
- Some perennial varieties may not flower until the second year.
- Once the flowers start to appear, bees and other beneficial insects will soon follow, and your garden will be a hive of activity!
Combine multiple units to create a larger bee and insect sanctuary design!
- Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Dimensions: 20 x 17.5 x 7cm