We want to help everyone make a difference to the future of UK pollinating insects
Bees need masses of flowers, continuously, from as early as March through to October. They rely on bulbs and then tree flowers for the first few months but from May onwards ground level flowers are their natural food supply which would originally have meant meadows but now means gardens.
At rosybee we supply plants that we are certain will be good for bees because we have grown them and observed how many bees they attract. We are also:
- Creating a bee-haven by gradually developing our 6 acre site to increase the volume of nectar and pollen available
- Researching more plants to test which are best for bees. This involves involves growing and comparing more plant varieties and keeping careful records of how may and what type of bees they attract
- Testing some other products which are sold claiming to be good for bees, particularly seed mixes, to see how they perform in practice.
....oh and we also keep bees!
We write about these other activities in our blog so you can follow our progress.
Our environmental credentials
We dont make any big claims about being organic because it is fundamental to our ethos; there is not much point in trying to help one bit of the environment and damaging another in the process. This are all the things we do to try and make a difference:
- only use peat-free compost
- use organic, seaweed-based plant food
- capture rainwater from the polytunnel roof to provide 90% of our water needs
- minimise use of fuel by only providing heat when it is freezing outside or for specific young plants
- no bug-spray but we do occasionally use a minor amount of anti-fungal
Construction iscomplete at rosybee but we have also been very careful to minimise the use of concrete and to use recycled crushed concrete and road planings for all of our track and hard standing areas