Join our campaign to plant trees and shrubs for pollinators, people and the planet
Bees and other pollinators face many challenges. Climate change, loss of habitat, pesticides, and plant and pollinator mismatch are just some of the stresses they face. Biodiversity loss is increasing and green areas of the planet are decreasing.
Trees and shrubs play an important role in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they provide food and habitat for insects and animals, they make our planet more beautiful, support the ecosystem equilibrium and help reduce average ground temperatures .
Flowering trees are an important source of pollen and nectar for pollinators. They are especially important in spring, when tired, overwintered bees emerge and need a source of food. If you have a small space and want to maximize the pollinator food that you provide, trees are usually your best option.
To help bees and other pollinators we are calling on all beekeepers, schools and other organisations to plant trees and shrubs to help pollinators, people and the planet.
Beekeeping Associations can also register their pledge to be recognised at the upcoming Apimondia Congresss in September. The Association that has been able to encourage the most beekeepers to plant trees will be awarded a Bees for Trees Certificate!
What types of trees are good for bees?
Flowering trees are great for pollinators because they provide a large amount of food at one time. Trees that are good for pollinators include tulip trees, fruit trees, dogwood, cherry, and many lindens. Some hybrid ornamental trees have blossoms that look pretty, but don't provide nectar for pollinators. When in doubt, ask your local beekeeper or go for native plants. If you have limited space you could also consider flowering shrubs that support pollinators.
Make a pledge!
As beekeepers we know first hand the impact of a changing climate on the habitats in which we keep our bees and its negative impact on biodiversity. We all have a responsibility to protect the planet. One of the simplest and most impactful things we can do is to plant trees and shrubs. Wherever they are planted, trees and shrubs play an important role in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they provide food and habitat for insects and animals, they make our planet more beautiful, they support the ecosystem equilibrium better and they reduce global warming by reducing average ground temperatures.
Apimondia’s Trees for Bees Campaign is a call to action to beekeepers across the globe to join together to plant trees and shrubs to help reduce the impact of climate change on our bees and environment.
If you are a Beekeeping Association, school or individual beekeeper and would like to take the pledge - sign up here and share the pledge graphics on your website and social media.
The best time to plant a tree
was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.
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