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    Bees in My Bonnet

      On Friday 24th March Green&Blue were delighted to attend the private view of the new exhibition by Cornish legend, artist and campaigner Kurt Jackson. 'Bees (and the Odd Wasp) in My Bonnet' is described as a unique presentation of contemporary art and science and arrives at the Jackson Foundation Gallery in St Just, near St Ives, from its initial prestigious opening at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (where it attracted over 100,000 visitors).   visitors to the jackson foundation gallery bees in my bonnet exhibition   The exhibition will now run to the 19th August 2017.   Upstairs at the gallery the charity space has been given over to two bee friendly charities, B4 - Bring Back Black Bees and Friends of the Earth, who lead many of the bee campaigns in the UK. Friends of the Earth very kindly asked us to curate a display of bee bricks to demonstrate ways in which loss of habitat can be addressed. Visitors will find a large central display wall made completely from bee bricks. It's fantastic to sit within what will be a mecca for bee and art lovers alike. Cornwall Wildlife Trust are also working with the Jackson Foundation and will be leading bee walks, amongst other things.   bee brick wall by green&Blue with friends of the earth   The private view was attended by some of the great and the good of the bee world, including Dave Timms from Friends of the earth, who gave an impassioned and inspiring 'call to action' speech on behalf of the bees and Michael Eavis who is the patron of B4. On theme drinks were supplied by Skinners brewery in the form of Hops and Honey - very apt!   hops and honey by skinner brewery   If you can then make sure you go along and visit the exhibition before it ends. Kurt Jacksons' artwork perfectly captures the movement, beauty and humour of bees and we're certain you'll come out inspired to do more and think more about these beautiful winged creatures, on whom we rely for so much.   friends of the earth display at the jackson foundation gallery   Find out more about the Jackson Foundation and opening hours here.   See more images of the opening night on the Jackson Foundation Facebook page here. Images courtesy of Friends of the Earth.

    “WHILE THE BEES WERE SLEEPING”

    CORNWALL BUMBLEBEE GROUP

    Bombus terrestris (Buff tailed Bumblebee) Watercolour on Paper Limited Edition Print Lot No 29 Melanie Anne Camp

    Cornwall bumblebee group Bombus terrestris (Buff tailed Bumblebee)

    ART AUCTION “WHILE THE BEES WERE SLEEPING”

    The Cornwall Bumblebee Group invite you to their Art Auction on Saturday 15th April 2017. Registration and Viewing will take place at 5.00pm and the Auction will begin at 6.30pm. The Auction will be held in The Trafalgar Room of The Union Hotel, Chapel Street Penzance.

    ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS ART AUCTION WILL GO TO: Professor Dave Goulson’s work at Sussex University testing garden centre plants for neonicotinoids - the pesticide which is harming bumblebees, and Funds to provide pollinator friendly flowers for public gardens and open spaces in Cornwall. In Penzance the project begins in Penlee Park with new planting and to establish four information boards for children to learn about bumblebees and visitors to identify them. We hope that you will be able to join us as our Honoured Guests. Melanie Anne Camp – Chair Beth Roberts – Secretary Vaughan Warren – Committee Member

    Find out more about the event over on Facebook here or more about the Cornwall Bumblebee Group on Facebook here.

    Beepot bee hotel and concrete planter

    Green&Blue are delighted to support this event with the donation of a beepot.

    Pioneering sustainability within construction

      Green&Blue have clear brief to bring innovative bee brick to a wider construction market   The end of 2016 saw the chancellor announcing a target for the construction industry of one million new homes by 2020. There is a clear need for new homes but with the sense of urgency to build them it is important that we don’t forget about biodiversity and sustainability. Building companies must be held to account when it comes to providing for wildlife and replacing habitat which can be destroyed on massive scales when developments are built.   loss of green spaces and plants like dandelions   Award winning, contemporary product company Green&Blue have developed a product called the bee brick, which is a nesting site for solitary bees. These vital pollinators face massive decline and part of this is due to loss of habitat as more agricultural land is turned over to developments and there are less green spaces and planting for bees. Bee brick is a simple way to create habitat in the very framework of a building and because solitary bees don’t produce honey or have a queen to protect they aren’t aggressive meaning they are safe to encourage around children, pets and people who are scared of bees normally.   solitary bee   “As a company we’ve given ourselves a very clear brief,” said Gavin Christman, co founder of Green&Blue. “We want to make a real difference to wildlife and we feel that by finding ways to work with the construction industry we have a real power we can harness to make a massive change. Bee brick is our starting point and we’re looking at more innovative solutions we can develop.”   bee brick to be used within construction   Learn more about what the bee brick does here. Learn more about solitary bees here. Learn more about what you can do in your own garden here.

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      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.   beepot at chelsea flower show with alitex   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.   bee brick in action by green and blue great british bee count   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.   bee bricks at chelsea flower show   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.   bee-bricks-in-a-garden-wall   Claire-Kruse-bee-brick-in-action-image-3