If you know Outlet, you probably know it’s one of our life’s missions to help protect the planet. We have a number of initiatives that ensure we keep our company’s carbon emissions to a minimum – they include recycling every possible item from our office, encourage low electricity or water usage. And we’ll even give a ‘walk score’ for each property we sell in London. If you want to see those by the way just click here.
So of course we’re concerned about the plight of the humble bumble bee. The number of bees in the world is in decline, which is not only sad for them, but it could spell doom for us, as the little fuzzy (and generally friendly) insects pollinate plants all over the place, which the human race needs for its survival.
It’s thought that a major reason for the decline in bee populations is the rise of the urban area. Cities and the pollution they create are driving away bees, where they have fewer places to live, or killing them. Bees will not only survive on the plants we grow, they also need an abundance of plants or green space to pollinate – without this they have no purpose.
Thankfully, you don’t have to work too hard to help the declining bee population. There are some simple things you can do at home that will help them thrive. Such as…
Start a flower garden
We know that outdoor space comes at a premium in London. But you don’t need that much land to start growing plants that bees love. Just a couple of feet is enough to plant some flowers or put down a box or plant pot. If you live in a small flat block, you could even ask your neighbours if they mind you planting some flowers in a shared area. Bees love anything with pollen and nectar, so choose flowers rich in these to attract them to your garden. Lavender, Fuschias, hydrangeas, and rosemary are all great.
These work too…
You might not think it, but bees don’t just go for colourful, delicate flowers. They can get nectar and pollen from a wide range of plants, including shrubs and herbs! Small trees like hazel and holly help bees at different times of the year. They love Ivy for food in autumn, for example. They can also pollenate your fruit and veg. So get planting some plums, blackberries, strawberries and even broad beans or onions if you have the space.
‘Bee’ nice to your new neighbours
Bees stay loyal to new areas that are rich in nectar and pollen. If you see bees hanging around your plants frequently, there is a high probability it’s the same bunch. So welcome them. You can even buy bee ‘hotels’ – little wooden boxes you can nail to the fence that provide them with temporary shelter.
Avoid using chemicals
We know it can be tempting to spray your new plants with wonder-weed-killer or miracle grow to help them flower faster. But the reality is your plants will do fine on their own with water and sunlight. Try to keep any chemicals to a minimum. Quite simply, they poison bees and are unnecessary generally.
Don’t be frightened
We tend to grow up thinking bees are mean little critters with a nasty sting. But a bee is far from a predator making a bee-line just for you so it can harm you or your family. Mostly they are just looking out for colourful plants, nectar and pollen. So when you see one, leave it alone. They will only sting if you intimidate or disturb them or their nest.
Did you know Outlet is an environmentally-friendly property company? We do all we can to help the planet and reduce our carbon footprint as a business. Measures we take include walking wherever possible, recycling our paper and even planting a tree for every property we let or sell!
Give Outlet a call if we can help you with anything property related such as property management, property sales or lettings in London. We can also help you with lets with pets. Call 020 7287 4244 and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.