The Federated Farmers of New Zealand Bee Industry Group has established the ‘Trees for Bees’ programme in order to ensure that bees have the opportunity to gather pollen and nectar, providing the vitamins and minerals required to maintain optimum hive strength and a viable pollinated bee force.
Sustainable farming encourages natural pollination. The honey bee is responsible for over 80 percent of all pollination and relies on programmes such as these.
Farmers will appreciate that posts and wire offer little to bees and the practice of denuding the countryside of trees, gorse and broom has threatened the health of bees.
The Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group has produced brochures by region, which make suggestions about what to plant in farms or urban sections, as well as along the riparian margins, to support bee health.
Click here for complete information on the “Trees For Bees” programme.