A nationwide campaign to help slow the decline of the honeybee has earned National Grid a major environmental award.
Space on non-operational land at nineteen of the business’ sites has been handed to members of the British Bee Keeper’s Association to keep their beehives.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs awarded Grid National Grid the Bees’ Needs Construction Award for its efforts.
The sites are crucial in providing a safe space for the endangered honeybee, a significant pollinator whose habitats are declining.
A lack of forage as a result of intensive farming, as well as losses caused by pesticides, pests and diseases, has led to a dramatic decline in honeybee numbers in recent years.
That’s a real problem because the bees pollinate up to a third of everything we eat, including a range of important crops such as oilseed rape, apples and strawberries.
The chosen National Grid sites are also managed to make land more pollinator friendly, with wildflower meadows and schedules for mowing sites changed to encourage flower growth between April and September to create refuelling stations for wild pollinators.
Other pollinator heroes honoured at the awards include the Grow Mayow community garden with its own nectar bar, and beekeepers at the Severn Valley Country Park who harvest mason bee larvae for local fruit growers.
Supporting Defra’s National Pollinator Strategy is just one of the ways National Grid is enhancing biodiversity in the areas it operates in as part of its environmental sustainability strategy.
Senior Sustainability Advisor Cirhan Truswell said: “Many of our sites are ideal habitats for pollination. And since we started our pollinator project the response from local beekeepers and our employees has been hugely positive, so it is great to be recognised for our work.”