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A ‘Big Buzz’ about bees in Hassocks

Bee weekend at South Downs Nursery, Heather McNiven of East Sussex Honey shows Will and Ella Barker Sturges her bees. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140305-145927001

Bee weekend at South Downs Nursery, Heather McNiven of East Sussex Honey shows Will and Ella Barker Sturges her bees. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140305-145927001

A weekend celebration and education around everything to do with bees was enjoyed at South Downs Garden Centre, Hassocks.

The ‘Big Buzz’ offered the chance to see bees up close and talk to a bee-keeper, to learn more about honeybees and bumblebees and how we can make our gardens more wildlife-friendly.

Children enjoyed a range of free activities, including seed bomb making workshops and a bee-friendly plant treasure hunt.

The garden centre joined forces with Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Keymer, Ditchling Transition (HKD) for the event.

Bec Handley from HKS Transition said: “Bees are vital to our lives - they pollinate our food, keep farms in business and help our gardens, parks and countryside thrive.

“We may not always see bees working away but we rely on them and other insects to pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables.

“Without bees, food prices would rise because pollinating crops in other ways would cost farmers over £1.8 billion a year.

“But bees are in serious trouble - their numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years, affected by disease, chemicals and habitat loss.

“Since 1900, the UK has lost 20 species of bee.

“A further 35 bee species are considered to be under threat of extinction.”

The event proved such a success for the second year running that organisers are already planning a similar event for 2015.

More information about HKD Transition is at www.hkdtransition.org.uk or email newsletter@hkdtransition.org.uk

 

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