One of my favourite sounds of summer is the gentle hum of busy bees, but sadly, our bees are under threat. 97% of our grasslands have been lost in the past 6 years which has had devastating consequences for bees. Twenty bee species are now extinct and a quarter of those left are on the threatened species list. Bees don’t just produce honey – over a 1/3 of the food we eat, (including 130 fruits and vegetables), come as a result of bees and other pollinators.
Back in Spring, the kids are I sowed some bee friendly flower seeds to help support our local bees and encourage them to visit our garden. We chose scabious, cornflower, nigella, ox-eye daisies, and cosmos. All these varieties were fun and easy to grow, either in seed trays or simply by scattering the seeds directly onto freshly watered soil. The children really loved watching their seedlings develop and we’ve enjoyed weeks of the most beautiful display in our little patio garden – amazing what you can do with a small space.
When Taylors Tea got in touch with me to tell me about their work to help save the bees in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens I was really keen to be involved. Not only do I love herbal teas, but I also relished the opportunity to share this positive message. We recently visited The Hive at Kew Gardens, a 17 metre high, open-air installation which through an immersive audio, visual experience, tells the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination in feeding the planet. We have also installed a bee hotel which the children adore, in our garden to give shelter to some varieties of bee.
I have been working my way through my Taylors Tea’s range of flavours this summer. My current favourites being Lemongrass and Ginger which has a warming spicy flavour and Peppermint Leaf for it’s refreshing quality. Herbal teas are a great way to keep hydrated and cut down on your caffeine intake and they make wonderful iced teas too if you brew up a batch and add some ice and a few sprigs of fresh herbs.
If you want to help to save the bees too, try planting flowers that attract bees to your garden all year round and by installing your own bee hotel with your children in your outside space. You can find out more about Taylors Tea work with the bees here and visit The Hive at Kew until 30th October this year.
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