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Don't worry, bee happy

PUBLISHED: 13:22 13 August 2010

Clive Watson, Vice Chairman of the Kent Beekeepers' Associaiton, at a hive

Clive Watson, Vice Chairman of the Kent Beekeepers' Associaiton, at a hive

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A supermarket has opened one of Britain's first bee hotels in an effort to halt the decline of the bee population in London.

A supermarket is on to a real honey-maker, after opening one of Britain’s first bee hotels.

The hive-hotel has been installed at Sainsbury’s, in Chislehurst High Street, as an effort to halt the decline of the bee population around London.

It is one of the 38 hives to be opened at stores around the M25 and comes at the same time as a BBC campaign called Bee Part of It campaign, launched by presenter Kate Humble in May.

The decline of Britain’s bee population has caused widespread concern as they are the world’s most important pollinating insects and are worth about £200 million a year to British agriculture. The BBC campaign raises awareness and gives people simple tips to attract bees into their gardens.

Speaking last Friday (30) Clive Watson, vice chairman of Kent Beekeeping Association said: “It’s definitely having an effect. People are much more aware of bees than they were a year or two ago.

“A couple of years ago the association was attracting about 25 new members a year and now we are getting about 25 signing up every month.”

He added: “A simple thing that people can do to help their local bee population is to plant bee-friendly plants like lavender, yellow globus, field beans and sunflowers.”

Miss Humble said: “Most of our wild honeybees have died out and we, as humans, are very dependent on bees to pollinate food crops. If you believe what Einstein is reputed to have said - we would only survive for four years if there were no bees in the world.”

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