Ever wondered who helps make the food you eat? The answer would be Bees. It’s not just honey that they make, they help provide fruits and vegetables such as Broccoli, Apples and Tomatoes. Not just that, they bring your gardens to life by spreading pollen between different flowers and plants, allowing them to grow seeds and fruit. In fact, over 80% of flowers are pollinated by animals and mostly insects.

There are over 250 different types of bees, such as Solitary Bees, Honeybees and Bumblebees. But right now, bees are in serious trouble because in the last 10 years, the UKs population of bees has shrunk by about a third. This is because habitats are being destroyed, as well as changes to the climate and the use of pesticides.

Some of our stations have bug hotels, such as Wrabness and Alresford, with the aim of enticing insects and pollinators to the local gardens. We also have a Sculpture at Alresford Station, pictured on the right, with a bee making their home in there!


Wildflowers are so important because they are a major part of the food chain for most of the animals and insects on our planet. They are a highly attractive food source for pollinating insects, such as Bees and Butterflies. In fact, many species of butterflies lay their eggs on wildflowers. Birds are also quite reliant on Wildflowers as the seeds are an important food source for them during the winter.

In terms of care, Wildflowers are easy to care for and you rarely need to add pesticides to them, as well as them preferring low fertility soil, meaning you don’t need to add any fertilisers. Like all plants, Wildflowers absorb CO2 and pollution from the air, which just adds to the many numbers of reasons why Wildflowers are so valuable to our planet.

Just by taking a walk outside and looking at the beauty of the natural world can help you in many ways, such as improving mental health and improving the general attitude towards the environment.

As most of our stations have Station Adopters, we have many Wildflower gardens and herb planters to help promote the environment to rail users and the public.

Pictured on the left is the border of Marks Tey Station, looking beautiful, vibrant and no doubt attracting lots of wildlife.

‘The Bees’ Knees’ – Alresford Bee Friendly Community Station Garden

Essex and South Suffolk feature in the new Community Rail report on Biodiversity we are so proud to have been involved in this transformation and can not wait to continue to see the Bee Friendly Garden blossom.  For more information see page 12 on the below link:

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