Bee garden creates a buzz in Manchester

Published:  30 August, 2018

As the bee population declines by a third, award-winning designer Alexandra Froggatt has designed a new garden to attract them.

She was assisted by landscaping products manufacturer Rolawn, which provided the beds and borders topsoil and soil improver, which was used as a mulch.

Bees are vital to our eco-system, but climate change, pesticides, and urbanisation are causing their population to deplete at a worrying rate.

Froggatt was commissioned by the Museum of Science and Industry to design a garden in Manchester that would attract bees to the colourful and nectar-rich range of flowers they can feed on and pollinate.

The garden also features a bench and a giant bee sculpture designed by artist Tim Sutcliffe.

Froggatt said: “The bee garden is a quirky and fun outdoor space which showcases simple but effective ideas the public can use to attract bees.

“Bees are essential in pollinating the crops we eat, so a range of edibles including herbs, fruit and salads are grown here to highlight this crucial connection.

“Many people have limited outdoor space or a small budget, so the garden uses recycled materials in a creative way, such as turning reclaimed pallets into a living wall abundant with herbs and strawberries, proving that you don’t always need a big budget to have big ideas.”

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