Bees Needs': London and South East case studies

HMP Woodhill – ‘Beeing at One’ garden
HMP Woodhill have created a wildlife habitat to reduce the impact of concrete and wire on vistas, provide a space for reflection, and to benefit nature...  

Sandown Castle Community Garden Group, Deal, Kent
Part of Deal in Bloom, competing in South East in Bloom. 

Badgemore Primary School, Henley on Thames
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening team has planted willow plum and pear for early spring blooms, as well as apple and crab apples and native hedging to provide good habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. 


Dungeness Short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project
The Short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project aims to reintroduce this lost species to the UK, raise awareness of bumblebee and flower meadow declines, increase resident rare bumblebee populations, and recreate and give advice on managing and maintaining flower rich areas. The project has been running since 2009 and is working with farmers, conservation groups, small holders and other land owners to create flower-rich habitat within the release area of Dungeness and Romney Marsh in Kent and East Sussex. Click here to read more.


Brede High Woods

Since the Woodland Trust took over management, opportunities for bees have increased considerably, particularly through the creation and maintenance of open areas, some grazed areas, widening of rides and careful management of their edges. 

Christs' Hospital School

In February 2014, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust made a 'call to action' to schools to create a more pollinator friendly habitat. 

Schools with suitable land enquired as to how they could create bumblebee-friendly habitat. Christs' Hospital School in Horsham, Sussex, actively took up the challenge and created a meadow in 2014.


Stockley Park

In 2013 Marks & Spencers embarked on a project to give their Stockley Park Office a green-fingered makeover. The key aim of the 'Plan A' project was to positively impact the local environment.


Public Health England, Colindale

In Colindale, northwest London, Public Health England has been exploring the link between pollinators and wellbeing, as part of a programme to improve both biodiversity on site and the wellbeing of its staff.


Coppermills Water Treatment Works

In 2012, as part of their 'Wild about Thames' programme, Thames Water asked the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to survey a number of these sites. Two rare species of bumblebee were found, and Coppermills was one of two trial sites chosen for habitat improvement.  

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