Bee happy!
The world needs bees. They and similar pollinators fertilise at least 75% of the world’s food crops – but loss of habitat, pesticides and disease have seen their numbers decline drastically in recent decades. In the UK alone, last year’s severe winter led to the demise of a third of all England’s honeybee colonies.

In June of this year, the UK government responded by launching a ‘bee action plan’ – an urgent review into the crisis facing both bees, and other crucial pollinators, followed by a pledge to introduce a ‘national pollinator strategy’. “Pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment," said Lord Rupert de Mauley, minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. "In safeguarding their future, we can secure our own."

It’s something James and Kate, and their team at the Pipe and Glass, feel very strongly about. They’re doing their bit by growing masses of beefriendly herbs in the gardens at the Pipe – and the bees are paying them back by buzzing around in their dozens.

“We have two young children, so are very aware of the fragile future of the planet,” says James. “Bees and other insects are crucial to keep our crops growing; not just the crops we eat, but also the crops which feed the animals which then become part of our food chain.”

And we mustn’t forget that honeybees also produce – you’ve guessed it! – honey, a much-loved ingredient at the Pipe, not least in Two Chefs, the beer James and the Star at Harome’s Andrew Pern developed with the Great Yorkshire Brewery: it’s flavoured with honey and lemon thyme.

Want to do your bit to attract bees, and grow some delicious herbs at the same time?

The following are recommended by The Herb Society, and grown at the Pipe and Glass:
Borage
Chives
Dill
Fennel
Hyssop
Lavender
Marjoram
Mint
Nasturtium
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Thyme

for a fuller list, including some lesser-known herbs,visit
www.herbsociety.org.uk/hg-ba10-attract-bees-to-garden.htm


PUBLISHED :October 2013
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