The developer has pledged to plant bee-friendly flowers and shrubs in the gardens of its sales centres and show homes to help boost bee numbers.
Honey bees and the many types of wild bee such as bumblebees are under threat from loss of habitat, weather and disease and their importance is often underestimated. One in three mouthfuls of food that humans consume is reliant upon pollination, including strawberries, apples, pears, chocolate, sweet peppers, chillies, margarine, mustard and herbs.
John Reddington, Managing Director of David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said, “We want to help raise awareness of the very real threat that British bees are currently facing and do our bit to prevent bee numbers from dwindling further.”
John Dillon, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said, “The flowers and shrubs we plant in the gardens of our developments will benefit bees most of the year round.”
The move follows a company-wide agreement – the first of its kind in the UK – with the RSPB to boost natural habitats at forthcoming homes developments using updated landscaping and new guidance.
Andy Waters, of the RSPB Midlands team, said, “We are asking everyone to help give nature a home as even a few small touches can make a big difference for wildlife. Gardens can be a fantastic space for families to relax or play, and we would like to see people feel inspired to do something for nature after they visit one of these show homes in Derbyshire.
“Sadly the UK’s bee populations are in decline, but planting the right mix of flowers, shrubs and bushes will help reverse this. And, plants rich in nectar and pollen will not just be welcoming to bees, but will look great for homeowners who want a garden full of life and colour.”