Kilkenny buzz-ness doing its bit to help protect Ireland’s bees
FLOWERBEDS and seed bombs are some of the floral items being handed out by a Kilkenny business as part of Operation Pollination, and it’s all part of an innovative effort to save the bees.
CountryLife Garden centres are donating free-flowering perennials and wild-flower seeds at its stores in Castlecomer and Ballyhale in a bid to help the wild bee population take flight again.
As part of project Operation PolliNation, an in-store horticulturalists will be providing free information for customers highlighting which plants are particularly pollinator-friendly, while also promoting natural pest control methods.
Glanbia Ireland, the parent company of Countrylife, are also doing their bit to help the humble bee. The company has added pollinator-friendly planted containers and bug hotels in all of its company offices dotted across Ireland. It has also distributed pollinator-friendly garden guidelines to all its 2000 staff.
Glanbia Ireland’s Jessica Kelly said their actions are designed to help further boost awareness among gardeners of the actions they can take to help biodiversity in their gardens.
“One-third of our bee species are threatened with extinction. We want to play our part in protecting Irish bees. What better way to do this than helping our customers to sow Irish-grown plants that bees prefer,” said Jessica.
“We also want to give back to our local communities in a visible way and support the tireless voluntary work done by our local Tidytowns groups. The feedback from our own staff has been very encouraging and we’re keen that this spreads across the wider communities we work and live in.”