Mansfields installs over 200 "bee hotels" to boost fruit tree pollination

Kent top fruit grower Mansfields has installed a range of bee-friendly structures across its 20 farms in a bid to ensure its crops are adequately pollinated.

Mansfields farms manager Craig Rook - image:Mansfields
Mansfields farms manager Craig Rook - image:Mansfields

Farms manager Craig Rook said: "These homes are best suited to solitary bees which work far more efficiently than honey or bumble bees, particularly in the typical cold temperatures we experience around blossom time in the UK."

He added: "We will monitor this activity as we gradually increase the number of hives to 500 over the next five years, learning what works best in terms of shapes and materials through time."

Field margins have also been planted with wildflowers to provide an additional food source for the bees and other pollinating insects.

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