Thanks so much for visiting our website and we're pleased you're interested in bee bricks. Each concrete bee hotel in our range provides a nesting site for solitary bees, unsung heroes of the pollinating world. They can be placed individually in the garden to provide habitat for bees and they will make a stylish feature. They can also be used within construction, in place of a standard house brick or block, creating additional nesting and resting places for bees in the very framework of the house. They have been designed as a fit and forget component made from a standard building material, concrete, but created with nature very much in mind. Solitary bees don't produce honey and don't have a queen to protect which means that they aren't aggressive, most don't even have a sting, so they are completely safe and indeed fascinating for children and pets. We developed bee brick because we want to see a real change for the bees, we need to see a real change for the sake of biodiversity. In parts of China pollination is already undertaken by hand as there aren't the bees to do it, this is the future we face without bees. You can start to be that change by using bee bricks in your building or simply within your garden. They can be built into new houses, extensions, retro-fitted, garden walls, anywhere you might be using bricks and blocks. So help save the bees today, use bee bricks, spread the word and do drop us a line if you have any questions or need any guidance on using our range. Find out more about solitary bees here Find out more about bee bricks here Buy bee bricks here Contact us here.
A journalist recently wrote that "sixties Brutalism is alive and well with Green&Blue's concrete bee hotels, and planters." The brutalist movement flourished in the 1960s-1970s. The term has been usedÂ toÂ describe a type of architecture which is uglyÂ andÂ austere and commonly thought of as the back bone of welfare state architecture of the time, however this "truth to materials" approach was anti-aesthetic. Reynar Banham (Architecture critic) dubbed the post war school 'the New Brutalism', a movement which aimed, in his words, to "make the whole conception of the building plain and comprehensible. No mystery, no romanticism, no obscurities about function and circulation." Our designs endeavour to evoke a sense of simplicity through their functionality, their material longevity and purpose. We hope the juxtaposition between concrete and delicate planting providing sustenance to nurture the next generation of solitary bees will long out last the brutalist movement. Green&Blue stockist the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.
Bee brick is a simple way to increase provision for wildlife and nature in your new build, extension, landscaping or development, and they can even be retrofitted. These images were sent to us by a customer in North Wiltshire who built a single unit into her extension project last year. Claire said "I saw them advertised just before we started our project and the brick was put in when we extended last year. I Wish I'd bought more now!" On Instagram Claire has shared the image above which clearly shows several cavities are now occupied this year by nesting solitary bees. If you're embarking on a building project and want to do something to make your build that bit more sustainable and eco-friendly then you could create habitat for solitary bees by using bee brick. Find out more about solitary bees here and request more information or a quote for using bee brick here.