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Buy Wine, Help Save The Bees!

Banrock Station, the eco-conscious wine brand, has launched a range of three new wines available exclusively at The Co-operative from 18th August 2010. Money from the sale of every bottle of these wines will go to help preserve the British bee population as part of The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign to help save the Bees in the UK.

Five pence from every bottle sold goes towards the fundraising campaign with a target of raising £45,000. This money will fund Plan Bee projects in the UK. Launched in 2009, The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign aims to raise awareness of honeybee decline, fund new scientific research, and encourage people to help bees in their own gardens.

For over a decade Banrock Station has brought the pleasure of fine Australian wine and the message of conservation to the world. The winery uses the conservation expertise acquired from restoring the natural land of its own vineyards to select which projects to support. To date, Banrock Station has contributed £2.3million to 95 environmental projects around the world.

Banrock Station supports projects that share its philosophy of enhancing the natural environment. The humble honeybee pollinates a third of the food that we eat, meaning that we rely on them for apples, pears, raspberries, carrots and onions, among other everyday items. A fifth of our bee population died last winter alone and if it continues, the cost of food could increase significantly.

Clare Griffiths, Banrock Station, said: “We are pleased to be supporting The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign as the latest in a long line of important international conservation projects. The bee may be small but it does a big job for all of us. This initiative is vital to help restore the UK’s bee population to ensure that many of the foods that we take for granted don’t start to disappear.”

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The Co-Operative To Create An Army Of Urban Beekeepers

An army of new urban beekeepers supported by The Co-operative could help to reverse the worrying decline in the British honeybee population.

The Co-Operative To Create An Army Of Urban Beekeepers

As part of its on-going Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative has today (1 March) announced a further £225,000 to fund bee research, as well as a step up in its support of the establishment of hives in city gardens and allotments across the UK.

More and more city dwellers are taking up beekeeping since the plight of the British honeybee population, which experts believe halved in England between 1985 and 2005, was publicised. Last year, The Co-operative piloted an urban apiary and beekeeping courses in Manchester parkland using a revolutionary lightweight plastic beehive. Now it is planning to roll out the idea to other inner city areas in London, Manchester and Inverness.

In addition to the new hives this will lead to, The Co-operative Farms also has 600 hives on its farmland.

Launched in January 2009, the £475,000 Plan Bee campaign aims to raise awareness of honeybee decline, fund research, and encourage people to help save the bees and plant bee-friendly wildflowers.

To date the research programme has sponsored investigations into the mapping of native British black honeybees and the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides in the UK. The initial findings of which are expected in the summer of 2010.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative, said: ”Nature’s number one pollinating machine appears to be breaking down and no one knows for sure why. Urban beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular and could be a vital tool in the reverse of honeybee decline in the UK.

“Through our urban beekeeper projects we want to show people that you don’t have to have acres of land to take up beekeeping.”

As well as the Plan Bee campaign to save the bees the Co-operative Group is involved in a number of important causes that are well worthy of recognition such as Marine reserves and the opposition to extracting oil from unconventional sources such as tar sands.

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