Saving our bees – we visit the Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Secret Garden

Neal’s Yard Remedies, the organic skincare brand owned by the Kindersley publishing family – Peter Kindersley is chairman – held the relaunch of its “Bee Lovely’ range and campaign to save the decline in bees,  in a hidden oasis in the middle of London.There is a beautiful wild flower garden – Pheonix Gardens – behind the Covent Garden end of Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. This is a public garden where those in the know take their lunch to enjoy the peace and quiet.

The enhanced range now also includes Bee Lovely Busy Bee Balm  (£6.50, 15g), Bath & Shower Gel (£14, 295ml), Body Lotion £21, 295ml) and Handwash(£12, 295ml) along with the Bee Lovely Handcream – a family range of products for adults and children aged three years and over. The products contain mandarin oil and smell delicious and easily sink into the skin – so lovely for the whole family to use which saves on buying lots of different products.

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All the products are Soil Certified and £1 from every handcream sale is being donated to the Neal’s Yard Support our Bee Lovely Campaign which supports the bee-friendly initiatives of Buglife, Landlife and Pesticide Action Network UK.Why are our bees disappearing?  Many causes have been attributed to this decline but the main reason is pesticides which are poisoning bees, while the loss of habitat and wild flowers is starving them to death.

Since World War ll, Britain has lost 3 milliion hectares of wild flowers. This has wrecked the symbiotic relationship between bees and wild plants – habitat and pollinators rely on each other to survive, the loss of one means the loss of the other. Without habitat there is no wildlife.  It is that simple! You can also pick up a free booklet Help Save the Bees Book in stores – its has information on how you can help save bees and re-generate the population.
The secret garden at WC2 – just off Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s busy West End
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