Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The English Lawn Company is committed to environment and conservation and is a member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

In Association With the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’

Over the past century, our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. Bumblebee Conservation Trust have a vision to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued. Their mission is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees. A growing number of committed supporters are helping our team of staff make a big difference.

At the English Lawn Company, we support British wildlife, bumblebees might not be the first creatures that come to mind, but they play an essential role in the UK’s ecosystem. These fuzzy, flying insects are not only charming but also vital for the pollination of countless plants, including many of the fruits and vegetables we enjoy. Let’s dive into the world of bumblebees and explore why they are such a buzzworthy topic in the United Kingdom.

We plant nectar-rich flowers like lavender, heather, and foxgloves can provide these pollinators with the sustenance they need. Additionally, leaving a patch of your garden wild or planting wildflowers can provide bumblebees with a place to nest and forage.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can help a bumblebee colony which is nesting near you by providing plenty of bee-friendly flowers for them throughout their lifecycle (generally from March to October). We have this advice on our gardening for bees page, in our FREE Bee the Change planting guides, and finally our BeeKind tool which helps you score your current garden and receive plant recommendations.

You can also visit our ‘How to provide bumblebee nest sites’ page to find out more about giving bumblebees a home in your outdoor space. Get more details by clicking below and connect with the Trust.
Depending on the level of damage, the bumblebees will aim to repair parts of the nest that were damaged. It is best to leave the area alone and see if the bumblebees can repair it. If necessary, place an upturned flower pot over the nest to give them some shelter.
Normally nests live for about 2 or 3 months. After this time the original queen, her workers and her sons will die. If the nest has been successful in rearing new queens they will leave the nest to mate and then go on to hibernate somewhere in the soil – ready to emerge the following spring to start their own colonies.
Bumblebees are not aggressive insects and are generally only interested in finding flowers. The only time when they may act defensively is if something disturbs their nest so it can be a good idea to put some sort of barrier in place a few metres from where they are nesting so that any pets or young children do not disturb the nest. Having a bumblebee nest in your garden can provide a great opportunity to teach children about these vitally important pollinators. Connect with the Trust using the button below and get more resources.