Bees are incredibly important to our planet’s ecosystem. Cathy Isom tells us about the creative way one company came up with to give the honeybee Five-Star treatment. That story’s ahead on This Land of Ours.
From: One Green Planet
by Veronica Chavez, contributing writer for One Green Planet
Bees are incredibly important to our planet’s ecosystem. To start, bees are responsible for pollinating around 100 different human food crops, which provide around 90 percent of the world’s nutrition! Without bees, we’d no longer have the delight of enjoying foods like broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries … just to name a few. Bees beautify the planet by pollinating flowers, which in turn helps other insects and birds and they also act as environmental indicators of sorts, notifying us when something is awry in our ecosystems.
Despite all of the wonderful things these tiny guys do for us, bees are some of the most under appreciated creatures on the planet. Their populations are on the decline due to the loss of habitat, as well as an increase in the use of chemicals, such as insecticides and fertilizers, on crops, which also have a negative effect on the bees who absorb them through pollination.
Thankfully, people are starting to become more aware of the importance of these laborious insects and are raising awareness about their struggle and helping create more bee-friendly spaces for them.
British tea company, Taylors of Harrogate, for instance, decided to bring attention to the plight of bees in a pretty creative way: building them a mini luxury hotel!
The tea company also included a “Rose Lemon Restaurant” where the bees can do what they do best: suckle on sweet nectar.
Images courtesy of Taylors of Harrogate.
Video from Taylors of Harrogate
Taylors of Harrogate Bee Hotel – The Grand Tour
Bees are brilliant creatures that do so much more than just make honey. Their powerful plant pollination helps to create some of the most wonderful flavours on the planet, including the ones we use in our fruit and herbal infusions.
To show them just how much we appreciate their hard work, we built the world’s first luxury bee hotel to say thank you.
Explore the hotel and find out more: http://bees.taylorstea.co.uk