Brakspear pubs in and around Henley are supporting the Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign to save Britain’s declining bee population, by planting bee-friendly flower beds that are now starting to flourish.
The Bee Cause campaign is creating bee-friendly areas – Bee Worlds – across the country. Brakspear has provided 60 of its pubs with Bee Cause kits containing packets of seeds of flowers designed to attract bees, plant markers to highlight the flower beds to customers and drip mats and posters about the campaign.
Pubs which successfully establish a bee-friendly area, which can be in a garden, window box or patio tub, can then apply for Bee World status by submitting a photograph. All Bee Worlds will be listed on the Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause website, while Brakspear is rewarding the best Bee Worlds in its estate with a free firkin of beer.
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “The Bee Cause was a natural for Brakspear to get behind: not only do we have a bee in our logo, we also have some of the finest pub gardens in and around Henley, thanks to the creativity and hard work of our green-fingered licensees.
“We’re delighted with response to this campaign from our pubs and impressed by the stunning flower beds that are now buzzing with bees. Many of our pub customers, who are aware of the plight of the bee, are pleased to see their local doing something about it.”
Melanie Roberson, tenant at the Saracens Head on Greys Road, said, “It’s lovely to see the bee-friendly patch in bloom. The bed is a mixture of daisies, buttercups, poppies and other wild flowers and grasses, so it’s very natural, like a wild flower meadow. The patch is buzzing with the sound of bees, so they’re clearly enjoying it as well.
“I’ve seen customers reading the posters about Bee Worlds, and looking at the flowers in the garden, so I think it’s created some interest as well as a good feeling about the pub for providing practical help for the much-loved British bee.”