Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2019
Broadland District Council is giving local bees a helping hand by offering residents the opportunity to claim free sunflower seeds, a particularly bee-friendly flower, to plant this spring.
Bees are central to the eco-system, so it is important that everyone makes the extra effort to take care of them. Around one third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees and bees assist in maintaining the genetic diversity of our pollinated plants, giving plants a stronger chance of survival.
Broadland residents can claim free sunflower seeds to help support Broadland’s bees in their vital job, as part of the council’s ‘Keep Broadland Buzzing’ campaign. Sunflowers are perfect for attracting pollinators – they are nectar rich, brightly coloured and grow tall, easily enticing bees to your garden when they begin to flower from August to October.
Broadland District Council has a limited number of free seed packets to give away, so be quick to claim yours on our website.
You can claim one packet per household. If you are ordering seeds for a friend or relative, up to four packets can be requested. Community groups can order multiple packets and should contact Broadland District Council’s energy team on 01603 430627 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
‘Keep Broadland Buzzing’ first launched in 2017, when Broadland District Council gave away more than 19,000 free crocus bulbs to 35 community groups and hundreds of residents across the district to help provide a protein-rich food source for hungry bees.