Hive of activity to raise bee awareness

Hive of activity to raise bee awareness

Carnaby Street in London becomes Carnabee Street for the duration of the third annual Bees’ Needs Week starting on July 9

The third annual Bees’ Needs Week was launched on Monday, July 9 in London’s Carnaby Street – renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ for the duration of the campaign, with its iconic arch getting a bee-themed makeover. Carnaby Street was already home to over 1,000 window-boxes with pollinator-friendly flowers, and to around 30,000 bees in hives across its rooftops.

Defra has partnered with Carnaby London, a renowned shopping and dining destination, to promote bee and pollinator action from government, conservation groups, industry and retailers, and to raise awareness of what people can do to help – by, for instance, growing more flowers, leaving patches of garden to grow wild, cutting grass less, not disturbing insect nests, and avoiding pesticides.

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The campaign runs until Sunday, July 15, and a buzz of activity is taking place:

  • A pop-up ‘Hive’ at 3 Carnaby Street is hosting educational games, installations and talks in partnership with Defra, alongside charities, universities, businesses and landowners
  • There’s an art trail around the area’s 14 streets, with bees by London artist Lizzie King on the windows of participating shops and restaurants
  • The RHS is handing out pollinator-friendly seed, the London Honey Company is offering free tastings, Reading University is showcasing its bee research, and a Bumblearium offers a window into the secret life of bees
  • Shops and restaurants have created bespoke bee-themed products, menus and offers.

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Picture: Carnabee Street. Picture: David Parry/PA Wire

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