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Weleda Bee B&B Hotel Program

Did you know there are over 1,600 species of Australian native bees?
More than 75% of our crops rely on pollinators to fertilise many of the foods we eat, but pesticide use and land clearing is impacting bee habitat. Weleda Australia is thrilled to bring the Weleda Bee B&B Hotel project to school communities around Australia for the third year running. The project aims to teach primary school children about biodiversity and the importance of pollinators, especially native solitary bees, by building their very own Bee B&B Hotel. By giving native solitary bee populations shelter, they can pollinate food and plants.

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Over 600 schools and more than 110,000 children have been exposed to biodiversity and the importance of pollinators through the Weleda Bee B&B Hotel program.

The Bee B&B Hotels

The Bee B&B Hotels are a place for native bees to nest and help regenerate their communities.

The easy to build Bee B&B Hotel kits are designed for school vegetable patches and create a place for native solitary bees to live and build their families, while they go about their important job of pollinating vegetables, fruits and flowers.

By playing an active role in conserving our native solitary bee populations, school children will also be supporting and learning about ecosystem biodiversity and food security.

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"The Weleda Bee B&B Hotel has been a fantastic addition to our School garden.

Students spent last Term doing projects on our native bees as well as setting up special plants to attract them near the hotel.

The amount of learning from this has been amazing and parents have also commented on it as well.”

Alison Bath

Tuntable Creek Public School

Ambassador

Much-loved icon of Australian gardening, Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect and permaculturalist with an all-consuming passion for plants, especially growing food.

With his support we can spread the word about this important initiative and raise awareness about the issues facing our native solitary bees.

“Native bees are amazing little creatures that we really want to welcome into our gardens at home, at school, wherever they may be. They are amazing pollinators and that’s just what our plants need to grow the fruit, veggies and flowers we love. I think building a network of Bee B&B Hotels around the country is a great idea, not only to help our buzzy buddies but also to give schools the real curriculum opportunity to take maths and science lessons out into the garden and learn about the important role of pollinators”.

Supporters

The Ku-ring-gai Community Shed is part of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, which has a network of 930 sheds around the country. The Shed is open to men and women and is a place for people to work shoulder-to-shoulder, share skills and spend a lot of time talking. They take on a range of sometimes unusual projects from furniture making and repair, to major construction works and making useful small objects for disabled people and school students.

The Shed plays an important role in the Weleda Bee B&B Hotel project preparing the hotel kits ready to be sent to schools.