In the past 80 years, the number of bees has been plummeting and two species of bumblebee have even become extinct in the UK. Bees are vital to the health of the ecosystem because they serve as pollinators — allowing flowers, fruit and veg to continue reproducing.
The UK countryside has changed over the years, reducing the number of wildflowers across the country, and with it the number of bees. BBCT works with farmers, policy-makers, and the public to spread awareness of bee-friendly planting methods to help bring our bees back in full force.
You can test how bee-friendly your garden is with the Trust’s Bee Kind tool, and you and your children can learn all about bumblebees over at Bumble Kids.
One of the charities we’re supporting for the National Garden SleepOut this year is Just a Drop – dedicated to providing healthy water to the world’s children.
Just a Drop has carried out over 96 projects providing clean, safe water to communities in 29 countries. They work to eliminate the risks of unhealthy water by constructing wells, boreholes, washing facilities, latrines and more. A child dies every 20 seconds from waterborne diseases, but with the help of its volunteers and your donations, Just a Drop can save lives.
Every donation counts – just £10 can provide a child with water for their entire life. In the developed world we may whinge about hosepipe bans or excessive rain, but we take for granted the fact that we have access to clean, safe water when many others don’t.
Just a Drop also has a variety of ideas and activities especially for kids – check out the Splash Pack section of their website to get involved.
My strawberry plants have produced a bumper crop this year: first treating me to a pretty display of blossoms, followed by masses of plump juicy fruit. The berries, however, never make it to the table, or even further than the patio for that matter! They disappear immediately upon ripening and it doesn’t take Inspector Clouseau to discover the culprits; the trails of red juice dribbling down my son’s chin are a dead giveaway. Continue Reading