|For want of pollinators much of our food may not grow|
The government is launching a new strategy to support bees & other pollinators that are vital for fertilising plants so they produce fruits & seeds. Organisations such as Network Rail, Highways Agency and the National Trust which manage more than 800,000 hectares of land in England have signed up to the National Pollinator Strategy, and pledged to take actions such as planting more bee-friendly wild flowers and allowing grass to grow longer.
Defra is setting up bee hives on the roof of their building in London and supermarkets including Waitrose and Coop have been distributing bee-friendly flower seeds to their customers. Motorway verges, railway embankments and forests will be used to create bee & insect friendly paradises as part of the major new strategy to protect the 1,500 species of pollinators in England.
Defra has also announced a wild pollinator & farm wildlife package, which will see more funding made available to farmers & landowners that take steps to protect pollinators through the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme.