The story of bees
wondrous bee hotelwith Taylors of Harrogate
Bees are so much more than honey.Read their story…
We’ve just created the world’s poshest insect residence: a luxury bee hotel! Why? Read on to find out why helping bees is so important – and how you can help them too.
How do bees help?
Plants need animals
Plants rely on animals for pollination. In fact, animals which spread pollen help an estimated 75% of the world’s crops and 87% of wild flowering plants.
Bees are pollen superstars
Why are bees important? Well, there are quite a lot of animals which help to spread pollen - but bees are responsible for most of it.
Our teas need bees
Without these buzzy little flavour creators, life would be very bland. Research has found that animal pollination makes the tastiest fruit, and many of the ingredients in our wonderfully distinctive fruit and herbal teas - created with the help of the plant experts at Kew Gardens - need bees simply to survive. Tap or Click on the packs to see for yourself.
- Sour Cherry
Populations are decreasing
British bees aren’t doing so well, with decreasing numbers of all types of bee.
What’s caused it?
There are lots of reasons bee populations have dropped. Some of the biggest factors are:
Bees’ homes have changed. Urban areas keep growing - expanding into rural land and reducing natural wildlife habitats. And since the 1930s, increases to farming land have seen Britain lose 97% of its wildflower meadows. Both are considered a major cause of bee decline.
Moving to the city
But there’s a surprising twist: bees like cities. A new Bristol University study has found just as many bees in urban areas as rural ones.
And there’s another surprise – urban areas contain more bee species than the rural ones. In fact, a Northampton University study found that 22% of all British bee species were inside a single 500m radius, highly urbanised area.
The bee’s needs
Bees only really need two things – food (pollen and nectar) and a place to nest. Urban areas offer a diverse variety of bee-friendly flowers and nesting locations.
Our urban footprint
The studies agree that urban areas can play a big role in bee conservation. With a little effort, mankind’s ever-growing urban footprint can become a boon for bees, too.
Our bee hotel
Our Luxury Bee Hotel is a flight of fancy – but we’ve built this delightfully grand miniature residence to attract more than just a winged clientele. We want to create a buzz, encouraging people to make their own homes and gardens more bee-friendly.
Peppermint Leaf Swimming Pool
Fresh water fills the Bee-olympic sized swimming pool, whilst decorative flowers and mint leaves help to provide the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a hard day’s work.
Peppermint Leaf Gym
This high-tech gym comes complete with weights for a full wing work out to help keep fitness levels buzzing.
Lemongrass Ginger Bar
After a buzzy day the Lemongrass Ginger bar will help to shake your troubles away. Enjoy a drink from the nectar bar before throwing some shapes on the Waggle Dance floor.
Rose Lemonade Restaurant
Enjoy a quintessential feast at the Rose Lemonade Restaurant. Tables come complete with roses and lemonade glasses, with enough pollen for all guests to feast upon.
Spiced Apple Reception
The welcoming Spiced Apple Reception features luxury cinnamon bark banisters. Staff will use top-of-the-range Apple Macs to ensure your check-in is a smooth process.
Sour Cherry Bedrooms
The cherry-inspired bed covers, coupled with a daily supply of fresh cherries, is a favourite with solitary bees looking to catch up on some ZZZs.
Sweet Rhubarb Suite
The Sweet Rhubarb Suite is the show-stopper in the Bee Hotel, with Beeyonce regularly requesting to stay. Whether you’re looking to unwind in the luxurious rhubarb sugar water bath, or party on into the night in the UV disco room and DJ booth, this decadent suite will blow you away.
How you can help
Build a Bee Hotel
A bee hotel or bee house allow bees a place to nest and grow, allowing them to thrive in urban environments and helping to boost food production in the UK. They mimic the tiny spaces where wild bees love to nest.
Luckily, regular bee hotels don't need a gym and a disco. In fact, they're pretty simple to build - head to the Grow Wild project, led by our friends at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for a brilliant guide.
Grow Bee Friendly Plants
A bee-friendly garden should bring plenty of guests to your bee hotel. These are some of the most popular plants for bees, to help get their pollen senses tingling.
Support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has 7,000 members and growing. It's working to stop and reverse the decline in the British bumblebee population, and spread the word about the incredibly important work these little pollinators do.
Win a trip to Kew Gardens!
Enter our competition for a chance to explore the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens in style with an all inclusive trip, including family train travel, entry and lunch at the Orangery restaurant.Tap or Click here to enter