The impact our bees have on the environment is no secret; their work pollinating crops is a crucial eco-system service, and without our furry friends we’d lose a third of our food stock. Sadly, they’ve been in severe decline for the last 30 years, raising fears for both the environment and the economy.
However, an ambitious new plan is committed to halting this decline and boosting the bee population. Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths has announced a Pollinator Action Plan for Wales – the first of its kind within the UK. As part of the programme, road verges and embankments will be planted with pollinator-friendly plants, and the planning system will be altered so that future developments support and nurture the airborne buzzers.
In light of the proposed plan, the Minister said that Wales will be leading the way on this “vitally important” issue, adding that the value of pollinators to the UK Government is “conservatively estimated to be £430 million”.
The plan will be implemented in line with the Welsh Government’s ‘Sustaining a Living Wales’ programme.