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  • David Wilson Homes' East Midlands division is joining the fight to save the honey bee by teaming up with the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA).

    David Wilson Homes is setting out to change the way it landscapes acres of open space and plants gardens in show houses across all of its developments over the next three years. It will be working with the BBKA on how to encourage bees and change its planting, to ensure the bees' food supply is maximised.

    It comes as environment minister, Lord de Mauley, pledged to publish a pollinator strategy and an urgent government review into the declining number of British bees by the end of 2013.

    The BBKA has reported that a third of all honey bee colonies were lost in winter 2012 - more than double the losses of the previous year - and the charity is stepping up its campaign to encourage people and businesses to play their role to help save British bees.

    Mark Clare, group chief executive of Barratt Developments, David Wilson Homes' parent company, said: "For some time we've worked at a local level with beekeepers and planted bee-friendly plants at a small number of our developments.

    "Today, we're announcing our partnership with the BBKA and how, with its advice - over the next three years - bee-friendly planting will become standard practice in all our show home gardens and open spaces. We'll also be working with our homeowners to provide help and advice in creating bee-friendly environments - whether it's a window box, roof terrace or wild flower meadow."

    Jane Moseley, operations director of the BBKA, added: "A third of food we eat is dependent on pollination yet last year was the worst on record for the loss of honey bee colonies. Given the amount of landscaping at its 400 developments nationally, we are delighted to be working with David Wilson Homes East Midlands to raise awareness of the British honey bee.

    "More bee friendly space will help to increase the bee's food supply, providing them and other pollinators with more adequate nutrition, especially pollen during the late summer when the specialised bees, which take the colony through the winter, are born."

    BEE-FRIENDLY PLANTS

    Roses

    Clematis

    Geraniums

    Cornflowers

    Lavender

    Buddleia

    Wigelia

    Fuschias

    Poppies

    Pansies

    Fruit trees

    British wild flowers

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