What a world we would live in without Honeybees. You may not know that one in 3 mouthfuls of the food we eat is reliant on pollination. Just imagine breakfast, if there were no honeybees there would be no juice, no honey and no jam.

    Countries such as Japan and china are suffering greatly from severe shortages or, as is the case in china, complete lack of honey bees.

    80% of imports to Japan are honeybees from Australia, however, an outbreak of a contagious disease for honeybees halted imports from Australia, and the cost of a honeybee hive went from costing 18,000 yen to 23,000. This means that only about 70% of the honeybees needed for pollination have been available and at a high cost. Not something that farmers want to be passing on to consumers in a recession. Due to these shortages, some farmers have been forced to resort to manual pollination.

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In Szechuan in China, workers have had to manually pollinate their fruit trees, walking round with a pot of pollen and a paintbrush and individually pollinating every flower.

    If this became the case in Britain, imagine how much the costs would soar! We would only be able to afford half an olive on a pizza, and mozzarella would be out of the question as the cows are fed on bee-pollinated alfalfa.

     Insect pollination is worth an estimated £440 million to the UK’s economy. In the past, it was traditional to keep a beehive in our garden if we had the space. In fact, records show that nearly every garden with the space in England had one! And if we were to revive that tradition now, we could make a huge difference to the British bee population.

    Without pollinators we would not starve, we would simply have an extremely limited diet and have to survive solely on wind pollinated crops such as wheat, barley and corn and little else. Our lives and diets would be ‘dictated by the wind’. Imagine shops without raspberries, apples, strawberries, peas, beans, courgettes, melons, tomatoes, blueberries, pumpkins and many many more.

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    Studies across Europe and North America show that strips of wildflowers in between fields on farm land and small areas dedicated to wild flowers in suburban gardens can greatly boost numbers of pollinators.

    Here at Turfland and Q Lawns, we observe the rule of leaving a 1m strip around all of our fields dedicated to wild life and wild vegetation.

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    Has there ever been a better reason to treat yourself, your garden and our native pollinators to some beautiful MeadowMat?