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The bees knees

Invite the bees in your garden to check into one of these cleverly designed bee hotels (I've stayed in less stylish places)

Sophie over at Muddy Cornwall discovered these clever industrial-style bricks and planters that double up as bee houses – so you can do your bit to help protect the wildlife (and our food chain) while you’re tarting up your garden. They’re made down in Cornwall but no need to trek down there. Get yourself a coffee, retire to the sofa and let your fingers to the shopping: they’re available online. Take a look…

Beepot Concrete Planter & Bee Hotel

The award-winning, Perranporth-based company Green&Blue makes these cool, concrete bricks and planters, which double up as bee B&Bs (try saying that after a few glasses of mead)!

Multi-award-winning Green&Blue Bee Bricks

These holey little hotels are designed to offer nesting sites to the declining solitary bee population. Without wanting to harp on about it – bees are super, super important to world food production (among other things) and many species are endangered, so creating a welcoming garden for them is a really good thing.

The Beepot Mini in Cotswold Yellow

The bonus of solitary bees is that they are non-aggressive, as they don’t have a queen or hive to protect, so it’s safe to encourage them into the garden, even if you have a veritable menagerie of pets and kids. And if you want to be an especially good friend to the bees, plant some pollen-packed flowers in your Beepots, like sedum, lavender or verbena.

Bee bricks in the gardens at Eden Project

Green&Blue’s Bee Bricks look great placed among the plants, bringing a little industrial chic to your patch or they can be incorporated into walls — worth considering if you’re planning an extension or conservatory. They also make Bee posts, which look amazing in urban green spaces or incorporated into architectural landscaping.

See Green&Blue’s full range of products at

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1 comment on “The bees knees”

  • Maureen Hawes May 16, 2017

    Sounds a great idea. `i will look into it as I love to have the wild bees in my garden.


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