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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Bees for Development wins Silver at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 2018

Early in 2018 Bees for Development was fortunate to be selected for a place at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  However, staging an exhibit at the world’s top flower show in central London is no small undertaking!  Fortunately E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd. stepped in to help:  Thorne’s built a beautiful stand and undertook all the coordination involved with staging our exhibit - for which we were awarded a coveted Silver Medal!

Our stand was busy all week with thousands of visitors interested to hear of Bees for Development’s work world-wide.  Our stand featured a large 3D model of the BfD logo Acacia tree, hanging within it a beautiful woven hive from Zambia.  The display emphasised the power of bees and featured dozens of world crops that they pollinate from allspice to watermelon!  Three of BfD’s Patrons, Bill Turnbull, Martha Kearney and Monty Don were all at Chelsea too.

We thank E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd. for creating and sponsoring our Chelsea display.


Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of BfD adds: "Declining bee numbers and bee diversity is well documented. Installing a BfD Bee House is a fantastic way for 157,000 attendees at the Chelsea Flower Show to offer their support to bee populations.

The Chelsea Flower Show wouldn't be possible without bees, and we were excited to discuss bees, beekeeping and our global work at Chelsea this year.

Bees are vital for nature and people. 75 per cent of food crops and wild flowering plants depend on pollination by bees and other insects. Sadly, bee numbers like all insects are in decline - 'insectageddon' - and we want gardeners to do their bit to help stem this trend."


BfD have invented a bee house, which provides a perfect nesting box for honey bees, as it has a perfect sized cavity and inner aroma of beeswax - ideal for a wild honey bee colony. 

For more information about purchasing our BfD Bee Nesting Box, please click here. 100% of proceeds from the sale of our nesting boxes, support our work here at BfD.


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