Bees to be sold in garden centres

Bees are to be made available from garden centres for the first time this spring. Dragonfli and Wildlife World will be marketing live bumblebee hives for gardeners and garden centres.

Dragonfli will supply a live colony of bumblebees to gardeners with the option of a wooden hive known as the Beepol Bumblebee Lodge.

This will be produced by Wildlife World and available for sale through mail order companies and garden centres. The hives will contain native UK bumblebees.

Dragonfli managing director Julian Ives said: "This is a first for garden centres. Any gardener growing fruit and some vegetables can expect much improved fruit set. The bees will also provide a fascinating new area of interest in the garden and will be educational for children as they can watch and learn from a real working bumblebee colony.

"Bumblebee colonies only survive one season, so the lodge can be reused the following year with a new Beepol garden hive." Retail prices are up to £139.99.

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