The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), has once again benefited from sales of a dedicated seed mixture produced by Johnsons. For every packet of its Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed purchased in the last year, 25p was pledged to the BBCT.
The BBCT's conservation manager Gill Perkins was recently presented with a cheque for £3288 by Helen Clayton of Johnsons. She said she was pleased to acknowledge the support of Johnsons' customers. "Their support helps in our twin aims of conservation and education. Britain’s bees are in trouble and urgently need flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar to sustain their populations. Nurseries and seed producers are in the front line regarding plants essential for pollen and nectar. Johnsons Seeds is helping BBCT realise our vision, that one day our communities and countryside will be rich in colourful, useful flowers for pollinators, by changing the way we think about what we buy and grow in our gardens.", said Gill.
The contents of the Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers comprise a carefully selected and well-balanced blend of more than 25 annuals and perennials, the result of close co-operation between Johnsons and the BBCT, which conducts research into bees and their habitats. The varieties chosen will not only attract bees and many other many beneficial insects, but will also look most attractive for most of the summer.
Helen Clayton feels gardeners can play a significant role in helping bumblebees just by growing certain types of flowers. “For example, single flowers are more appealing to bees than double-flowered forms, while old-fashioned ‘cottage garden’ flowers are attractive both to bees and humans”, said Helen. For further information on the aims and work of the BBCT log on to www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk
Johnsons seeds are available from garden centres, supermarkets and leading DIY stores throughout the UK. Look out for the free Johnsons “Growing a Wildlife Garden” leaflet in garden centres.