BUMBLEBEE CONSERVATION TRUST BENEFITS FROM JOHNSONS CHARITY PACKET
Johnsons is extending its support of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) by once again donating 25p for every packet of seed it sells of its Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers in the 2011-12 season. It is a carefully formulated blend of more than 25 annuals and perennials, all approved by the BBCT, which conducts research into bees and their habitats. The varieties chosen will not only attract bees and many other many beneficial insects, but will also look most attractive for most of the summer.
Johnsons’ Leila Russell recently presented the BBCT’s director Dr Ben Darvill with a cheque for £4000, which was the amount raised from sales of the mix during the 2010-11 season. “We are delighted Johnsons are helping to bring our work and the plight of bees to gardeners’ attention. Since the Second World War, two species have become nationally extinct and other species have declined dramatically. Of the 24 bumblebee species still found in the UK, only six species remain common and widespread. The financial support from everyone who buys a packet of the seed is invaluable.” said Dr. Darvill. For further information on the aims and work of the BBCT log on to www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk
Johnsons also have a “Bee and Butterfly” range of flower seeds comprising 18 wildlife-attracting varieties. Starting from £1.69 per packet, raising a wildlife garden in which insects and other wildlife can thrive becomes an inexpensive option for most households and is a great way of encouraging children to take an interest in the natural world.
Johnsons is the only seed company to give gardeners a free plant label on the front of its seed packets.