Bees are one of the world’s most marvellous creatures - velvet beauties, powdered with pollen. They hum and dip through the air, darting from flower to flower and poking their heads into petals to find nectar and pollen. The bees then help the flowers by spreading this pollen. This is called pollination.
Many plants, including fruits and vegetables, would not be able to fertilise without bees and other pollinators: in fact, one-third of the food we eat depends on pollination.
The Soil Association and Pukka launched the #BeeOrganic campaign in 2018 to celebrate bees - and to share some of the ways we can all help pollinators thrive.
Bee numbers are falling across the globe. A new report has concluded that a widespread crash in pollinators across the UK is due to farming intensification and use of pesticides and well as climate impacts.
We campaign for farming that supports our pollinators: protecting space for insects and wildlife, and helping more farmers go organic to reduce the use of pesticides.
There are plenty of things you can do to help our precious pollinators thrive. Here are our top tips...
1) Shop for certified organic food, which uses far fewer pesticides
2) Grow bee-friendly plants and herbs
3) Avoid using pesticides in your garden
4) Support the Soil Association to champion wildlife-friendly farming
Read on to find out more about some of the ways you can help.
A great way to help bees is to plant bee-friendly flowers in your garden.
A happy bee is a bee that has a selection of flowers to choose from throughout the seasons. so planting a variety of plants helps ensure they have food all year.
Herbs are a great way to attract bees and other pollinating insects. Whether it’s a windowsill, a garden pot of an allotment - herbs are delicious for you and for the bees!
The Soil Association's Head of Horticulture, Ben Raskin, has some favourite grow-at-home herbs for bees.
At the Soil Association, we champion a food and farming future where wildlife, people, crops and farm animals can all thrive.
But we need your help.
We rely on public support to make our work possible. A regular donation of £5 per month doesn't just help the bees: it can make the difference to our farm animals, our health, our soils and our planet.
Saving the Earth Starts From The Ground Up.
It’s hard to think of bees without also thinking of a jar full of honey. To celebrate the glorious golden goop, our friends at Daylesford Organic Farm have shared some of their top honey-inspired recipes…
We talked to Joe, an organic farmer, who’s been trialling crop-side ‘beetle banks’ to attract more beneficial pollinators to his farm. Joe talks about how organic farming creates a system that allows wildlife and farming to work in harmony.
Research shows that on average, plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms. Which means you can support wildlife with your weekly shop.