The Bee Friendly Trust creates habitats where bees, pollinators and wildlife can thrive.
It all began with two urban beekeepers putting some bee-friendly planters on Putney Station in West London. The aim was to increase forage for bees. That was in 2016. From this one small project, the charity was born.
Nearby stations asked for planters. Railway companies, including Network Rail, Transport for London and Great Western Railway got on board. From that one station, more than 70 (and counting) have had neglected spaces transformed into thriving nature havens thanks to the Bee Friendly Trust. Floral planters have been joined by linear fruit-tree orchards, platform-based wildflower meadows, ponds, bug hotels and more.
In addition to its railway station wildlife gardens, the Bee Friendly Trust commissions local artists to produce engaging and educational artworks such as wrap-around waiting room murals, bee house sculptures and illustrated nature trails. It runs workshops in schools. Its Bee Friendly Town Awards celebrates the hardworking communities doing their bit to support bees and pollinators around the country.
Indeed community is at the heart of all the Trust’s work. From the volunteers that tend its wildlife spaces and keep them buzzing to the people knitting and crocheting bees for the online shop; the Bee Friendly Trust, like a well-functioning hive, is all about team spirit.
Interested in getting involved or would like to find out more about the Trust’s work; visit beefriendlytrust.org.