Trees for Bees

While we may be aware which garden plants attract bees and other pollinators, trees are often overlooked.

Trees vary in size, some only being suitable for large estates and parks, others compact enough to fit neatly in a garden. When in blossom, the right tree can provide masses of precious pollen and nectar when many insect species need it most, especially through late winter and early spring.

Winter is the best time to plant bare-rooted trees. The Woodland Trust offers a Plant for pollinators tree pack, 210 mixed saplings for a very reasonable cost. While this will be excessive for almost all private gardens, the trees in this pack will provide good forage. Perhaps your local association or group could split a pack among members.

Good advice about Trees for Bees and other pollinators is also given on Urban Bees’ website

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