The wooden homes for solitary bees are being put in gardens, allotments and public green spaces across the town as part of our bid to become the world’s first Bee Guardian Town.
Mayor Andy Read is already doing his bit, after taking away 13 bee houses – one for each year that he has been on the council. They are already attracting bees in his south-facing garden in Uplands as well as on three green spaces around the town.
The Global Bee Project is using Stroud as a pilot for its Bee Guardian initiative. If Stroud is successful by the end of this year, the plan is to roll the initiative out across the UK.
The picture (above) shows Andy with his bee houses and some of the children who took part in last weekend’s Eco Carnival dressed as bees. More than 150 bee houses were given out at the event.
The bee houses were also given away from the Town Council Office in London Road. As the project is currently only covering Stroud and is being funded by the Town Council they were only available to people living within the parish of Stroud.
Bee houses can still be bought from the new Eco Shop at the Stroud Valleys Project office in Threadneedle Street.
Article added online 10th June 2010. Updates 29th June 2010.
Photo by David Read-Francombe.