Press release issued 27 February 2013Bees pollinate at least one third of the food eaten, the cotton worn and many of the medicinal plants the population depend on. Yet most people have only heard of the honeybee as being important even though there are 20,000 threatened bee species worldwide. The UK has 256 bee species many of which are endangered and are disappearing. A talk later this week [Saturday 2 March] will explain how the general public can help the bees and people can have their gardening questions answered too.
Carlo Montesanti, Founder and Development Manager of the Bee Guardian Foundation (BGF), will highlight the importance of diverse bee conservation and action. His talk, organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, will be followed by a Gardeners’ Question Time, led by Botanic Garden Curator, Nick Wray.
Within one year of setting up BGF, Carlo had been awarded Gloucestershire Green Champion of 2010, and was standing in front of a 350 capacity sold-out talk to open the Cheltenham Science Festival 2010, speaking about the importance of diverse bee conservation and action. He recently went on a research field trip through the American continent from New York to Galapagos meeting the world leading entomologists and conservationists.
The BGF, a non-profit organisation established in 2009, works creatively, using the co-founders’ skills in science, art, music and dance to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and protecting bee and pollinator diversity. The organisation aims to inspire individuals, whole communities, businesses, schools, universities and councils to work together as “Bee Guardians” (BG) to protect and enhance these essential pollinators and the environment that supports them. Bee Guardians make a commitment to manage land in a bee-friendly way by not using pesticides, creating nesting sites, planting bee-friendly plants, learning more about bees and spreading the word.
The Gardeners’ Question Time will take place with Nick Wray, Carlo Montesanti, Mary Payne and John Addison.
Nick Wray, Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, is Curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show judge. Mary Payne MBE, Somerset’s celebrated horticulturalist, lecturer and garden designer, is a double Chelsea and Hampton Court gold medal winner. John Addison is an expert horticulturalist and, previously, Manager for Horticulture, Cannington College, Somerset.
The talk and Gardeners’ Question Time, organised by the Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, will take place on Saturday 2 March at 7.30 pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4LD. Light refreshments and a bar will be available.
Tickets priced at £7.50 in advance or £9 on the door are available from John Leach, tel (01275) 854992 (credit/debit cards accepted) or send a cheque made payable to ‘FUBBG’ together with a SAE to Mr John Leach, 17 Ashton Crescent, Nailsea, BS48 2JR.
Further information is available from the Botanic Garden, tel 0117 331 4906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Botanic Garden
The garden is open during February and March on Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, or dusk if earlier. During April and May the garden is open on Monday to Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Admission is £3.50 adults; free to University staff and retired staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under-16.
The Welcome Lodge will be closed but informational leaflets will be available and a donation from non-Friends is requested. Disabled access and toilet facilities are available.
The garden also offers private day, evening and weekend guided tours for groups and gardening or any other leisure clubs. Please contact the garden for further information. There is a charge for the guide.
Directions to The Holmes
From the city centre go to the top of Whiteladies Road, at the junction and traffic lights go straight ahead across Durdham Down towards Stoke Bishop. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and take the first turning on the right into Stoke Park Road, The Holmes is 150 m on the right.
Carlo Montesanti, Founder and Development Manager of the Bee Guardian Foundation
Bees pollinate at least one third of the food eaten, the cotton worn and many of the medicinal plants the population depend on. Yet most people have only heard of the honeybee as being important even though there are 20,000 threatened bee species worldwide.