The Big Bee Challenge Weekend, on the 31st July and 1st August, is all about encouraging everyone to get involved and do just one thing in their garden, window box or outdoor space that will entice pollinating insects. From planting bee-friendly herbs, flowers or shrubs to providing water for the bees or leaving the lawn unmown, there will be something for everyone to try. You can have a fun day out and learn more about the bees at supporting events happening around the UK. The National Garden Scheme will be opening up bee-friendly gardens up and down the country, whilst the National Trust will have bee-friendly activities including bee-garden tours and ‘how to build a bug hotel’ events at some of their properties. The Royal Horticultural Society are also joining the campaign, take a look at their info-packed website to see which plants to grow to help our insects.
Around the UK, bees and other wild insects are in decline - with some in danger of extinction - partly due to reductions in the flower-rich habitats they love. The Big Bee Challenge is a project to raise awareness and encourage people to help create a better environment to support bees and other pollinating insects. Green spaces are so important to their survival, and whether a garden, small backyard, balcony or window ledge, nowhere is too small to grow the plants and flowers that will entice bees and plant-loving insects to them. Bees and other pollinating insects help provide much of the food we eat, and are essential for a healthy environment, which is why it’s crucial to support them.
We want to do our bit to help these amazing creatures. We have teamed up with the York Ghost Merchants who have created two exclusive Bee inspired ghosts for us to give away alongside our bumblebee pendants.
There are three prizes up for grabs, the first prize is an exclusive York Ghost Merchant 'Bee Ghost' and a Bluebell Jewellery Design large bumblebee pendant in your choice of eco-silver or 18ct gold vermeil, the second prize is an exclusive York Ghost Merchant 'Bee Ghost' and a Bluebell Jewellery Design eco-silver Bumblebee Pendant and the third prize is a Bluebell Jewellery Design small bumblebee pendant.
We are asking for a minimum donation of £3 to enter the prizedraw, anything in addition to this would be gratefully received. 100% of the money raised from the prizedraw will go to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Entries will be taken up until the 2nd August and winners will be notified on the 4th August. Thank you :)