Bee Square’d

An update: four lovely photo’s have been sent in of flowers grown from the seed distribution. Sadly, numerous seeds suffered from the heatwave we had in May/July but there are some success stories around the Parish.


To the Parishioners of Fretherne, Upper Framilode, Framilode Passage and Saul – an envelope with seeds inside will be popped through your letterbox over the Easter period as part of the Parish’s Celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.

Parishes across the UK are being encouraged to take part in the Bee Square’d project; to provide pollinating insects, particularly bees, with a source of food. The Parish Council thought it would be a great idea to combine this with the Coronation celebrations in seeds which should flower in red, white and blue.

All pollinating insects, and in particular bees, are essential to life as we know it. They pollinate the plants which provide food that we need to survive and pollinate many trees and flowers that provide wildlife habitats. Many of the vegetables, fruit and crops grown as food sources for not just us but animals as well rely solely on insect pollination. Without this essential activity, we would go very hungry.

Over the past 50 years, pollinators have suffered a massive decline in numbers, with insects having to travel several miles each day. Join the Parish project to provide small pockets of bee and insect friendly flowers which will help provide insects with an energy boost in their busy routines.

The small envelope contains enough seeds for a square meter. The challenge is to plant a meter square plot in front of your home with the seeds and grow some pretty floral displays. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a front garden, a window box, planter or hanging baskets will be great. The insects will love all the wonderful flowers and the parish will look blooming lovely.