Eastbourne busy bees buzz off to Co-op’s big bee hive!

This is the press release that was put out last week to report on a very interesting trip that our Co-ordinator made recently to Manchester:
Two local residents, Tim Dowding (a Co-op store manager) and Andy Durling (Co-ordinator of Eastbourne Friends of the Earth), went up to Manchester last Friday to visit the brand new headquarters of The Co-operative Society, now recognised as the most sustainable building in Europe because of its host of in-built low carbon generation and energy efficiency features. Apart from being shown around the building, they were there to share with the Co-op’s Social Goals Team their innovative ideas for building on the success of the strategic alliance between Friends of the Earth and Eastbourne Borough Council, backed up by the Co-op locally, that has made Eastbourne so much more of a bee-friendly place than it was before the Bee Cause campaign by Eastbourne Friends of the Earth started 18 months ago. Over 40 bee-friendly planting schemes have now been created locally, but now the great challenge is to involve local schools and communities with creating Bee Roads, even Bee Airports, all over Eastbourne to create wildlife corridors that maximise the chances that our wild bees will flourish, as well as creating colourful floral displays that brighten up our local parks, gardens, and public spaces.
Tim and Andy will be working hard over the next few months to turn the strong support of The Co-operative Society into practical action that will create a lasting legacy for the Bee Cause campaign, which recently reached a climax in the successful Bee Tea that was held at Eastbourne Town Hall on November 22nd, at which Stephen Lloyd, MP, was one of the special guests because of his strong support for the Bee Cause within Parliament.


  1. To find out more about the Bee Tea, contact Eastbourne & District Friends of the Earth at info.eastbournefoe@gmail.com or visit the website at www.eastbournefriendsoftheearth.wordpress.com

  2. The Bee Cause campaign is supporting individuals to make change in their gardens and communities to help bees. Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign has already secured a promise from Government for a National Pollinator Strategy. But we need to make sure that the Strategy is ambitious enough to reverse bee decline in the UK.

  3. To read a briefing on the report by Friends of the Earth on bees, visit http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/briefings/bees_report_briefing.pdf. To read the full report visit www.foe.co.uk/beesreport.

  4. Friends of the Earth has already won commitment from the Bees Minister, Lord de Mauley,for a Bee Action Plan. We are now asking the Government to make their plan ambitious enough to reverse bee decline.

  5. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things differently. For further information visit www.foe.co.uk.


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