BEES ARE FOR LIFE

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Health -

I’m ex­cited that, thanks to Burt’s Bees Bring Back The Bees cam­paign (bring­back­the­bees.burts­bees.co.uk), I have adopted a bee­hive be­long­ing to Barn­aby Shaw, who has hives dot­ted across London, in­clud­ing on top of the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall.

One in three mouth­fuls we eat is de­pen­dent on in­sect pol­li­na­tion – mainly bees – ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (BBKA). Not to men­tion the health ben­e­fits of eat­ing lo­cal honey, from sooth­ing sore throats to help­ing hay fever suf­fer­ers like me be less sen­si­tive to lo­cal pollen.

But these be­nign buzzers – hum­ming round my pots of laven­der as I write – are under threat from pes­ti­cides, habi­tat loss and dis­ease, so help­ing them is vi­tal. Plant bee-lov­ing plants in your garden or in pots on a bal­cony or rooftop. Buy a Burt’s Bees Lim­ited Edi­tion Co­conut & Pear Lip Balm, £3.99, and BBKA will scat­ter 5,000 bee-lov­ing wild flower seeds. And con­sider adopt­ing a bee­hive, bbka.org.uk.

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