The Bee Fund
Pollutants and depleted natural habitats threaten our insects. Wild bees, honey bees and bumble bees, are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our ecosystem is dependant on insects because trees and plants are essential for our continued biodiversity.
Here at Trädgårdsresan we have started the Bee Fund – in aid of bees and other pollinators. Our gardens, local beekeepers and entomologists work together and share their knowledge of plants and bees. The gardens, with all their flowering plants, are a valuable resource for wild bees and more bee colonies. Our beautiful visitor gardens open to help raise money on our Bee Fund days. The funds are administered in association with Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan Västra Götaland, the Swedish Beekeeper’s Association - the Gothenburg and Bohus region’s beekeepers district, Biodlarna and the West Swedish Entomologists Club, to support pollinators.
A CHARITABLE GARDEN VISIT
At least once a year our visitor gardens will have an open day in aid of the Bee Fund. During Trädgårdsresan’s Bee Fund Days visitors can go on guided tours of the gardens and learn more about plants for pollinators, have a look at demonstration hives, build an insect hotel, buy bee products like honey, meet local beekeepers and much more. The gardens themselves donate part of their proceeds from Bee Fund Days to the Bee Fund. That includes entrance fees, proceeds from sales of bee products or similar.
A visit during our Bee Fund days presents an opportunity for you to make a financial contribution. All donations are welcome, large and small.
Together we can save our bees! Pay by Swish to 123 – 456 36 23
WHY A BEE FUND
Everything that looks colourful and exciting on the fruit counter has been pollinated by insects. A third of our food is directly or indirectly pollinated by bees. They pollinate for instance most berries, fruit trees, oil yielding plants, tea, coffee and all wild plants. So our ecosystem and our food security are very reliant on insects such as honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and insects.
Today one third of all wild bees and bumble bee varieties are threatened. Changing farming landscapes have meant there are fewer natural meadows and fewer flowering plants in fields and embankments. This has caused a shortage of food and habitats for our bees. To a certain extent the decline in wild pollinators can be offset by more honey bees, where food production is concerned. But wild and bumble bees are necessary for the successful pollination of early flowering fruit trees and wild flowers. The gardens have a great potential to improve living conditions for many pollinators.
Our understanding of the importance of bees and other pollinators for our flora, the environment and our food security needs to increase. That’s why we have started the Bee Fund.