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Bee-friendly gardening

Infographic reveals the vital role of bees, and what you can do to help them

From pollenating flowers to creating honey, bees play a vital yet often overlooked role. Despite providing around 1/3 of our available food, the population of bees is in decline as a result of factors like disease, urbanisation, intensive farming and Colony Collapse Disorder.

Britain only has 25% of the bees needed to pollinate crops, and Europe is missing 13.4 million bee colonies – or 7 billion honeybees.

Pesticides and agricultural intensification have had an impact on bees’ natural habitats; 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows – where bees were once found – have disappeared since 1945.

This infographic, from Suttons Seeds, looks at the importance of bees, the risks they face and how we can be more bee-friendly in our gardens.

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