Chapter gains ‘Bee Friendly’ accreditation

Posted on: 18 Jan 2018

In 2013, the Welsh Government launched an action plan to protect pollinators in Wales, called the Action Plan for Pollinators. A taskforce group, including Friends of the Earth Cymru, was set up to implement the plan.

The taskforce’s Bee Friendly scheme aims to help pollinators by creating a nation of Pollinator-Friendly communities and community organisations, schools, public bodies, town and community councils, colleges and many other organisations around Wales.

Chapter arts centre is one of the first organisations in Cardiff to become officially Bee Friendly. The hope is that more organisations will follow, setting Cardiff on its way to becoming a Bee Friendly city.

The four goals for Bee Friendly are:

1. Food:  providing pollinator-friendly food sources in your area

2. Five Star accommodation: providing places for insect pollinators to live

3. Freedom from pesticides: committing to avoid chemicals that harm pollinators

4. Fun: involving all the community and telling people why you are helping pollinators.

Friends of the Earth Cymru’s Local Groups Development Officer Bleddyn Lake comments:

“This is a great new initiative designed to promote positive local action in helping protect our bees and other pollinators. Schools, towns, communities and others now have the chance to work towards becoming official Bee Friendly areas and receive official accreditation. This is probably the first such national scheme of its kind anywhere so let’s have some fun, get active, do more to protect bees locally and get Cardiff buzzing.”

Chapter’s Director of Operations, Abigail Lawrence, comments:

“We’re enormously proud to be joining the Bee Friendly movement. Canton Community Gardens and their dedicated volunteers have nurtured Chapter’s garden so that it’s brimming with bee friendly plants and flowers. The garden is a sanctuary for honeybees and other pollinators which has helped our two honeybee hives to thrive - they’re bursting with bees and covered in delicious sticky honey. We hope to inspire our neighbours and local communities to join the fight and help halt the decline in bees and protect our natural world.”

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