We all know that bee numbers in the UK, and elsewhere in the world, are in decline. Most of us who have gardens will want to do something to ensure these pollinators are able to thrive in our increasingly urban environments.
But how can hedges help bees? According to a recent article for Local Gov, a growing number of local authorities are putting together pollinator action plans. Dorset is one such place, with initiatives in the area including planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers that are beneficial to bees and other pollinators.
Dorset County Council is also changing the plan for cutting its hedges to ensure that the regular hedge trimming doesn’t negatively affect bees’ ability to find shelter or food.
In fact, Buzz About Bees noted that there are a number of plants we could use in hedges to help boost bee numbers. If you choose the right plants here, you can make it very easy for bees to find food, the blog noted.
This is because they don’t have to fly far between flowers, enabling them to collect their nectar quickly and more efficiently.
When it comes to hedge trimming in Manchester, you need to ensure that you don’t over-trim the hedges, or cut them back when they’re flowering or in fruit, otherwise you’re denying bees and many other creatures valuable food sources ahead of the winter.
It’s encouraging to see local councils doing their bit to help our native wildlife, especially given how much we’ve lost in recent years. And it’s a highly popular thing to do as well, with a Friends of the Earth and Buglife survey last year finding that two-thirds of UK adults would like their local council to do more to help protect bees.