Trees for bees – Johnsons keeps the bee community buzzing

Johnsons of Whixley, Yorkshire’s commercial plant nursery, has kept things buzzing at its North Yorkshire site after planting a number of trees to help increase the numbers of the bee population.


In peak summer, there can be as many as  400,000 to 600,000 bees on  Johnsons’ extensive nursery site. The group wanted to do something to help the bee population when the nursery’s plants come to the end of their flowering period.

To help solve the problem the Whixley-based business has committed to planting twelve trees this month near its Apiary, in Gilsthwaite Lane. This will provide a rich pollen source for bees.

Trees for bees

As well as the nectar heavy big shrubs called, Heptacodium miconoides, staff worked hard to plant fragrant species like the cherry plum tree, Prunus cerasifera, Prunus spinose (part of the rose family), Malus sylvestris (crab apple), alongside the Sorbus aucuparia shrub and the European common lime tree, Tilia europaea.


Prior to the planting, Johnsons staff also sowed a rich mix of wild flower seed across their Whixley base to keep its bee community on the up.


Graham Richardson, group managing director at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “It’s so important that we continue to do everything we can to maintain our bee population because it’s well-documented how many benefits they provide.”

Read more about Johnsons of Whixley here

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