New hotel for King's Square

Friday 24th August 2018

A new hotel has been installed in King’s Square, Gloucester – with a difference!

The Bee Hotel is part of a project to get local people involved with nature conservation, led by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

A giant wooden bee has been created and placed in the planter in King’s Square. In the spring, wild flowers will be planted by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust volunteers, bringing bursts of colour to the centre of the city and a source of food for important insects, including bees. Logs have had holes drilled into them where bees and other insects can find shelter.

“Bees play a vital role. Without them, we wouldn’t have the wide range of food that we have become used to. Sadly, the number of bees is reducing but there is plenty that people in Gloucester can do,” says Nicky Simpson, Urban Wildlife Manager at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

To become involved with wildlife projects in Gloucester, and to find out what you can do at home, email info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or call 01452 383333.

The Bee Hotel has been made by the Fair Shares community group and supported by Gloucester City Council with funding from Grow Wild. Grow Wild brings thousands of people together each year to transform urban and unloved spaces with UK native plants and fungi. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding, and through private and public contributions, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.