Feeding bees and greening the economy: what went right this week


Two pig farmers from Suffolk have fed one million bees by planting wildflowers on their land, a bee survey has confirmed.

Positive News first reported on Mark and Paul Hayward’s plan to entice pollinators to their farm in 2018, when they started sowing wildflowers on 33 hectares of farmland. “Modern life has pushed nature to the fringes,” said Paul Hayward. “Farmers can help restore the balance.”

A survey by the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme confirmed this week that the initiative was succeeding in its aim of supporting one million bees. Grace Hayward, daughter of Mark, told Farming UK: “I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved here and what’s even better is nobody has been stung except my boyfriend – which obviously my dad found hilarious.”