Help Save the Bees – The Pooh and Piglet Way

 

Bee a Hero this Summer and

Help Save the Bees!

Today, the number of bees are declining all over the world and bees are often less healthy. Bees and pollinators are vital for both food production and ornamental garden. So we need to ensure that honey bees and other pollinators are facing a better future.

The organisation Friend of the Honey Bee has asked the honey loving bear, Winne-the-Pooh, and his friend Piglet to help save the bees. Honey and Pooh are as we all know the best of friends and he often does the most ingenious things to get some more honey.

“When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming.”

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Illustration: Mark Burgess

The organisation has designed a booklet with tips and ideas of how you can help to save the bees. practical ideas such as planting flowers in window-boxes to making a scrumptious honey cake. The booklet has been illustrated by Mark Burgess, who captures the spirit of Pooh and his friends trying to save the bees. You can download this lovely guide for free here.

Winnie-the-Pooh’s 10 simple steps to help save the honey bees

1. Plant your own window box
2. Create your own vegetable patch or tub
3. Plant a flowering tree in your garden
4. Make some ‘seed balls’ and throw them into the wild
5. Use arts and crafts to educate the younger generation on the importance of bees e.g. finger puppets, painting bee pictures, knitting bees etc
6. Learn to become a beekeeper yourself by attending a course through the British Beekeepers Association
7. Bake together at home using local honey
8. Build bee habitats
9. Volunteer for your local beekeeper association or visit your local apiary
10. Don’t panic, if you see a local honey bee swarm, contact your local beekeeping association.

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Illustration: Mark Burgess

Why not make your own SAVE THE BEE ACTION LIST.

Check out what type of flowers bees like in your local area? Visit a nursery, they often have a great selection of bee-friendly flowers. Spend a day in the library and look for books about bees and do not forget to read lots of stories about Pooh. Collect his sayings about honey in a little booklet. Pooh says so many wise things.

And do not forget to share this with your friends, for. . .

“A day without a friend is a like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

Why not invite your friends for a Bee Party where you serve a Honey and Lemon cake or. . . a Hive Cake

I hope your head is buzzing with ideas. . .

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BBC Food Recipes

Illustration: Mark Burgess

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