The Value of Gardens

Pollinating insects are vitally important if we want flowers and crops to continue to reproduce. Pollinators are also interesting creatures in their own right, however, and deserve respect and conservation simply for their fascinating ecology and value to wider biodiversity. Find out more about pollinators on our Pollinator Fact Sheet.

In a landscape where natural habitat is becoming increasing scarce due to agricultural land use or urban development, gardens and allotments can provide islands of foraging and nesting resources for bees and other insects.

One aspect of our work is to try and find out to what extent of the bee population in the UK can be found in gardens, which could have implications for the pollination services provide to your flowers and home grown food crops. There are also a variety of ways in which to promote bees and insects in your garden or allotment, either by Planting for Pollinators or creating Bee Homes and Hotels.


  • There are estimated to be over 20,000 species of bee in the world ...
  • Bees are not the only pollinators of flowers in the UK ...
  • Animals help pollinate 87.5% of flowering plants ...

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  • Allium ~ Many garden varieties are available, these are bulb forming perennials ...
  • Antirrhinum, snapdragon ~ Like the foxglove, mainly visited by long-tongued bumblebees ...
  • Apple ~ are a good source of forage for queens in April and May ...

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  • Bees require two key resources to successfully reproduce ...
  • Most common species prefer dark and dry cavities which is why ...
  • Solitary bees (the majority of which are not social and nest individually) prefer ...

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To tell us about your garden or for questions concerning Bees and other pollinators. Including the Garden Bee, how to Save Our Garden Bees and also how to build and maintain an appropriate Eco Garden