Back in June, Charlie’s year group were given a project, the Fiver Challenge. Each pupil was given £5 to make something to sell at the end of project market, to try and make a small profit. Charlie came home so excited, stating firmly that he wanted to make something out of wood and to help the bees. So, with little help from Dan, he begun to cut, screw and build small wooden bee hotels / bug houses.
Beautiful isn’t it. Choosing tester pot paints (which I had at home already) he decorated them in soft blue and grey hues, perfect for gardens. The day of the market came, and he had set up a display of his hotels in the school hall, selling them for £4 each, hoping to make a tidy profit.
Well, he sold out. In 20 minutes flat. With a large list of back orders too. My boy was so proud, we were so proud – and so this challenge has started a seed of inspiration for Charlie, he adores working with wood and also helping bees too. So when Taylors of Harrogate asked us to help in their save the bees campaign there was no hesitation from us.
During our visit to the Bristol Botanical Gardens, Charlie spent ages studying the Bee Hotel there. Bristol Botanical Gardens, know the importance of bees and insects in a garden, as they help to pollinate plants. Without their help, we wouldn’t have flowers or vegetables! Can you imagine?
The population of bees are sadly on the decline, in the past 25 years the population of British honey bees have halved, halved! But what is causing this dramatic decline? Pollution, pesticides – in essence, us. Our daily lives are effecting our bee population, but without bees we could be without our gardens and importantly our food!
But here is some good news. By planting bee loving plants, and providing a habitat that bees like, you can help those fuzzy buzzy bees. Bees only really need two things – food (pollen and nectar) and a place to nest. Urban areas offer a diverse variety of bee-friendly flowers and nesting locations. So don’t worry if you live in the middle of the City or don’t have the garden to grow, by erecting a bee hotel, you will provide a place for bees to hibernate and lay their larvae too. Baby bees!
Taylors of Harrogate have teamed up with Kew Gardens to produce a range of fruity/floral teas, not only that – they have made the ULTIMATE bee hotel, The Grand Beedapest Hotel. Resplendent in it’s candy coloured walls, much like the original Wes Anderson hotel, the Grand Beedapest has everything that its guests may need. Rose lemonade, to a mint leaf spa – oh how decadent!
Without these buzzy little flavour creators, life would be very bland. Research has found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many of the ingredients in Taylors wonderfully distinctive fruit and herbal teas – created with the help of the plant experts at Kew Gardens – need the bees help!
My favourite flavour, has to be sour cherry. Sweet, sour combo, that makes want to forgo a coffee! Now that is proper good stuff!
Taylors of Harrogate and Kew Gardens are coming together to host a little competition – a chance to win a trip to Kew Gardens. I would love to go! All you need to do is:
- Try one of their new infusions (available from most good supermarkets)
- Share a photo of you enjoying your tea on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #taylorstea
- They will pick a winner at random
More details can be found on their website.
Collaboration Note: This post was written in collaboration with Taylors of Harrogate. All thoughts, words and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.