As part of our awareness campaign, we are placing bee boxes at historic Templar sites across the country. Read further to understand why raising awareness is so important to us all.
Templars revere God's creatures in all forms and this year, we are supporting the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in their efforts to stop the bumblebee decline.
As far as important species go, Bees are at the top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of around the main 100 crops that feed 90% of the world. If bees became extinct, we would lose the plants that bees pollinate and without those plants, we would struggle to sustain a global population of 7 billion. Our supermarkets would literally have half the amount of fruit and vegetables we have become accustomed to. And. as we are learning that our reliance on meat should reduce due to the potential effect rearing wild stock has on Greenhouse gases, humanity could find themselves at the brink of extinction if we don't do something about it now.
There are actions we can do to help stop the bees from going extinct. They may seem obvious but more needs to be done (by everyone):
1. Plant things that bees like: Bees are all about pollen. If you want to support the many different varities of bees which range through your gardens, plant some things which will feed them.
2. Provide a bee habitat: A secure place to live is crucial to solitary and colony bees. Unlike honeybees, natural bees make use of many kinds of shelter.
3. Eliminate garden pesticides: Pesticides are bad for humans and worse for bees. If you need pest control, investigate organic or natural means.
Location of the remains of the 12th century Templar Preceptory & farmlands
The Town of Chesterfield has a significant Templar presence - from Eyre Chapel to the Shambles
Location of the 13th century Templar Chapel and remains of the Preceptory
Why not go on a Templar Treasure Hunt to find our other Bee Boxes? If you see one, we'd love you to take a selfie of you (with the kids) and the bee box behind you. Send it to us with your name and address and we'll send you a free badge for each child in the photo along with a packet of wildflower seeds! Click here for our contact details.