Defra launches strategy to protect and support bees

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is launching a new strategy to support and protect bees and other pollinators in the UK. 


By Sarah.Aston

07 Nov 2014

The National Pollinator Strategy sets out a 10-year plan to help pollinating insects survive and thrive.

As part of the scheme, Defra is leading by example and setting up beehives on the roof of their London building.

Prominent organisations across the UK have signed up to the strategy.

Waitrose and Coop have agreed to distribute bee-friendly flower seeds to customers, whilst National Raise, Highways Agency, and the National Trust, have pledged to take actions such as planting more wild flowers and allowing grass to grow for longer.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “As much as one third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees –from apples and pears to strawberries to beans. We now estimate the value of insects pollinating our crops and plants amounts to hundreds of millions of pounds.

“That’s why we are doing everything we can to help them thrive. Not everyone can become a beekeeper, but everyone from major landowners to window-box gardeners can play their part in boosting pollinators.”

Defra has also announced that more funding will be available to farmers and landowners that take steps to protect pollinators through the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

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