At Keighley Town Council we are passionate about protecting and promoting the well-being of bees and other pollinators. Our mission is to create a bee-friendly environment in Keighley and raise awareness about the vital role these insects play in our ecosystem.
Bees are essential pollinators that play a crucial role in the reproduction of flowering plants. They transfer pollen from male to female flowers, enabling the plants to produce fruits and seeds. Bees are responsible for pollinating a significant portion of the world’s food crops, making them crucial to global food security. Additionally, bees contribute to the biodiversity of our ecosystems and help maintain a healthy environment.
Bees face numerous challenges that threaten their population and well-being. Some of the key challenges include habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, and diseases. These factors have led to a decline in bee populations worldwide, which has serious implications for our food production and the health of our ecosystems.
What does being ‘bee friendly’ mean?
Being ‘bee friendly’ means that Keighley Town Council will support and be actively involved in initiatives to support bee conservation and promote a bee friendly environment. This could include raising awareness & education, funding and supporting environmental projects and working in partnership with local groups and individuals.
What can I do to help?
You can make a difference and support bee conservation in Keighley. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Bee Friendly Gardens
Create a bee friendly garden in your backyard by planting native flowers that provide nectar and pollen.
Bees need food and shelter all year round, so think about planting through the seasons.
Avoid using pesticides and herbicides that can harm bees.
Adopt a relaxed approach to lawn-mowing and leave a section of the garden untended as longer grass gives pollinators shelter and a place to feed.
Build or buy a bee hotel.
You don’t need to have a garden to help bees, you can…
Scatter some wildflower seeds in any available space.
Support local beekeepers by purchasing honey and bee-related products from them.
Repurpose household products as planters for your doorstep or windowsill.
Follow this page to keep up to date with our Bee Friendly activities!
If you have an idea or want to set up a bee friendly project call 01535 872126 and ask to speak to Louise.