In South West China, apple and pear farmers are taking to their orchards, paintbrush in hand – and the reason why doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
They’re using the brushes to individually pollinate every flower.
It’s a job that’s usually done by bees.
But thanks to excessive pesticide use, and industrial-scale farming destroying their habitat, there simply aren’t enough pollinators to go around.
And the problem is getting worse around the world.
Nearly 1 in 10 of Europe’s wild bee species are facing extinction, and without them, our world would be a very different place.
Around 75% of all crop species require pollination by animals – often by bees, but sometimes butterflies, flies, birds or even bats.
Without bees, our diets would be very bland.
We would be forced to survive on wind-pollinated crops, such as wheat, barley and corn.
Imagine a world without raspberries, apples, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins?
Thankfully, one Cornish company has found a way to rebuild our biodiversity, and their solution has got architects, gardeners and nature lovers buzzing!
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After years of working at Dyson and designing in their spare time, Green&Blue founders Kate and Gavin moved to Cornwall to pursue their dream – to design beautiful, stylish products that help give wildlife a home.
Their innovative Bee Brick is the perfect nest for solitary bees – the important pollinators that we rely on for our food supply. The structure of them replicates existing nesting places (such as crumbling mortar work and old brick work), which are becoming increasingly hard to find due to modern construction.
Their bricks, planters and posts can stand freely in the garden, or even be incorporated into building work. Unlike wooden ‘insect hotels’ these concrete Bee Bricks won’t rot. They’re made from up to 75% recycled material from the Cornish China clay industry.
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Solitary bees are non-swarming and have no queen or honey to protect, which means they aren’t aggressive and won’t sting you unless they’re handled roughly. Even then, their stings are not painful – so there is no problem attracting them to your garden or home and they are safe to encourage around pets and children.
In January 2022, a new planning law introduced in Brighton and Hove called for new buildings to include bee bricks, as well as bird nesting boxes for swifts, which are also in alarming decline.
These stylish, innovative garden accessories are the perfect practical present for your green-fingered family and friends this year!
Help nature and your loved ones’ gardens to thrive by providing a much needed home for pollinators when you #ShopEthicalInstead at Green&Blue.
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