Helping Britain's Bees

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Helping Britain's Bees

A plausible quote once made by Albert Einstein:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

Bees are the world’s top pollinators helping plants grow, breed and produce foods we take for granted like fruits and vegetables. Along with other pollinators like hoverflies and butterflies, bees pollinate most of the world’s flowering plants by transferring pollen and therefore keeping the cycle of live turning.

It is a fact that the global bee population is in decline. Therefore we should all be positive and do our bit to help, by planting something suitable into our garden space, making it instantly bee friendly.

Based on our experience and research, the following list of plants are of high value to bees, they provide flower nectar, pollen and honeydew.

Bee friendly trees

  • Field maple (Acer campestre)
  • Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
  • Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
  • Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
  • Red horse chestnut (Aesculus carnea)
  • Alder species (Alnus)
  • Birch species (Betula)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
  • Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
  • Bee tree (Euodia hupehensis
  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  • Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
  • Walnut (Juglans regia)
  • Crab apples species (Malus)
  • Popular species and varieties (Populus)
  • Cherry species and varieties (Prunus)
  • Pear species and varieties (Pyrus)
  • Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
  • English oak (Quercus robur)
  • Buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus)
  • Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica)
  • Whitebeam (Sorbus aria)
  • Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
  • Service tree (Sorbus domestica)
  • Checker tree (Sorbus torminalis)
  • Willow species and varieties (Salix)
  • American linden (Tilia americana)
  • Small leaved lime (Tilia cordata)
  • European lime (Tilia x europaea)
  • Crimean lime (Tilia ‘Euchlora’
  • Large leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos)
  • Silver lime (Tilia tomentosa)
  • European white elm (Ulmus laevis)

Bee friendly shrubs

  • June berry species and varieties (Amelanchier)
  • Barberries species and varieties (Berberis)
  • Butterfly bush species and varieties (Buddleia)
  • Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
  • Scotch heather (Calluna vulgaris)
  • Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  • Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea)
  • Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas)
  • Hazel species and varieties (Corylus)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Hawthorn species and varieties (Crataegus)
  • Broom (Cytisus)
  • Oleaster (Elaeagnus)
  • Heather (Erica)
  • Spindle (Euonymus europaea)
  • Common privet (Ligustrum vulgare)
  • Clavey’s dwarf (Lonicera x xylosteoides)
  • Medlar (Mespilus germanica)
  • Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Alder buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)
  • Flowering currant species (Ribes)
  • Rose species and varieties (Rosa)
  • Blackberry, bramble (Rubus fruticosus)
  • Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
  • Common elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
  • Spiraea species and varieties
  • Viburnum specie and varieties

Bee friendly conifers

  • Larch (Larix decidua)
  • Common spruce (Picea abies)
  • Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • English yew (Taxus baccata)

Our plant availability

  • Container grown plants available spring and summer
  • Field grown plants available October through to April
  • Instant hedges available all year round

“Anyone who thinks they’re too small to make a difference has never met a honey bee”


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