• Stewart's Bee Blog - September 2014

    There’s an autumnal feel today, isn’t there? The prophets of doom will be the first to say it, and indeed, they have already started. What an excellent summer we have had though. It wasn’t as hot as last year and it certainly wasn’t as wet as 2012. It was a...
  • Bee Blog - June 2014

      Honey bee on a raspberry flower We are almost all obsessed by the weather in this country and, if you’re not careful, listening to weather forecasts can seriously damage your health. It seems as though the forecasters have to put a bad spin on what they tell us, and...
  • Bee Watch - May

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  • Bee Watch - April

    Tree Bumblebee

    Tree Bumblebee - image from

    Bees are great for our gardens - and mostly, whether solitary or communal, work best on their own. But what happens when we decide to or are required to intervene?

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  • Bee Watch - March

    Honeybee on Blackthorn - (©

    March is here, and it's great to put an end to the 'wettest winter' on record and look forward to the spring ahead. But what sort of damage has the weather done to our Bee population?

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  • Bee Watch - February

    Bees have received a lot of publicity in recent years and beekeeping has certainly caught the imagination of a lot of people. The bees that most people think of are honeybees and bumblebees, but there are about 251 species of bees in the UK and of those, arguably, 29 are bumblebees.

    Honeybee on Viburnum

    honeybee on lonicera fragrantissima - (Stewart Gould)

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  • Ashridge Nurseries pledges a future free of peat and neonicotinoids


    Bees are essential pollinators

    Bees are essential pollinators

    With a keen eye on creating sustainable habitats for British wildlife, Ashridge Nurseries has pledged to ensure that its nursery plants are grown in peat-free composts, and without neonicotinoid-based pesticides.

    As one of the UK's leading online suppliers of hedging, ornamental trees, fruit trees and roses, Ashridge Nurseries has a longstanding environmental ethos and believes strongly in enhancing and creating natural wildlife habitats.

    We have an established relationship with wildlife organisations, including the RSPB. And many of the nursery's trees, shrubs and plants play a special role in supporting native wildlife through shelter, food and pollination.

    In light of recent findings into the sustainability of peat resources and the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinating insects, we have made two very firm commitments to our customers and the environment at the start of the growing season.
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  • Fruit Trees and the Mile High Club

    You will often hear people say that you can't grow apple trees at more than 500 feet above sea level. While there is a germ of truth in this - as in many old wives' tales - it is only a germ.  I know of an enormously successful commercial orchard...

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