Of course you can create a perfectly good home for solitary bees with a bundle of bamboo canes, but you have to love the stylish dwellings designed by Cornish company Green&Blue. Standing out from the crowd of bee hotels on the market, these pleasingly minimalist products are cast in concrete, 75 per cent of which comprises waste material from China clay processing. The collection includes the renowned Bee Bricks and Blocks (coming to a new-build near you); Beepots (smartlooking planters with built-in nesting tunnels); and the newest addition – the Beepost, a striking, 230cm-tall nesting tower for the more ambitious landscaper. Prices start at£18.75.
Beepots (£49 each) offer food and shelter.