Bee Friendly verges
Bee Friendly verges

Newcastle Labour Care about our Bees. At a recent Council Meeting in respect of a motion on Bee’s Labour Councillors pledged to support the CO-OP Party and Labour MP Luke Pollards ‘Save the Bee’ campaign. Labour Councillors had serious concerns at the Government’s recent announcement that neonicotinoids may again be allowed. These pesticides are proven to be deadly to bees and aquatic life. It was another example of Government broken promises. These pesticides are yesterday’s technology, known to cause profound environmental harm. The Government defended lifting the ban when the Labour party tabled an amendment to protect bees in the Environment Bill debate. Bans to protect bees should not be lifted when they become inconvenient.
We are pleased that the Government is doing a U-turn on this and we hope the ban on the use of neonicotinoids remains.
Bees are incredibly important they play a are vital role in the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They provide one of the most recognisable ecosystem services, i.e. pollination, which is what makes food production possible. This enables them to protect and maintain ecosystems as well as animal and plant species. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants
Bees pollinate billions of plants each year, including millions of crops. Pollinators like bees play a key role in one out of every three bites of food we eat. Without them, many plants we rely on for food would die off.
They also act as indicators of the state of the environment. Their presence, absence, or quantity tells us when something is happening with the environment and that appropriate action is needed. Bee populations are under pressure and many are believed to be declining globally due to a range of issues including disease, agricultural changes, habitat loss, and climate change.
Newcastle is a Bee-Friendly City which means we can play an important role to help the future of bees. Wild bee populations are suffering as changes in land management have led to fewer wildflowers. That’s why Newcastle Labour has introduced new Bee Friendly Verges! These sites will be across the city and have been selected following advice from the charity Butterfly Conservation.
Cllr Clare Penny-Evans said: “We value biodiversity in Newcastle, we plant thousands of trees and flowers that benefit pollinating insects but this takes it one step further. By reducing the cutting on verges we hope we will encourage new ecosystems, new wildflowers, attract more insects and support the bees.
Cllr John-Paul Stephenson, said: “We know Bee’s are important, this is a great project, it’s a new way of managing our green spaces for everyone families, wildflowers and bees.”

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