During these uncertain times, many of us have spare time on our hands to appreciate the simple things in life!

In the last 60 years the bee population has come under attack from pesticides, intensive farming and climate change meaning it has lost most of its natural habitat, so why not plant pollinator-friendly spaces in your own garden?

Many plants are available by mail order, supermarkets or local garden centres home delivery and many simple inexpensive plants will help attract bees, such as cowslips (which will seed themselves to develop larger patches in the future), common comfrey (this is a bit of a thug and will spread very easily), lavender, many herbaceous perennials and biennials such as foxgloves, alliums, sedums and don’t forget fruit and vegetables such as beans and berries.

Christine Dyer, Trustee and Chair of Public Affair Sub Committee