Andrew George MP supports Bee World Event
Andrew George MP supported the BeeCause National Day of Action last Friday when he visited a Bee World in Penzance as part of the Friends of the Earth’s campaign to preserve the bee population.
The site, at the John Daniel Centre, is managed by the Penzance Flora Group and has been planted with wildflowers to attract bees.
Mr George, who has campaigned on the need to protect the UK bee population in Parliament, said he was delighted to support the event.
He said: “It is not only neonicotinoids and similar pesticides that are having such a detrimental effect on our bee population. Habitat loss and other trends are contributing.
“Two bumble bee species have become extinct in the UK. Managed honeybee colonies fell by more than half over the past 20 years and wild honeybees are nearly extinct in many parts of the UK. Solitary bees have declined in over half of the areas where studies have been undertaken. All in all a dire record. I have and will continue to champion efforts to improve biodiversity and, in particular, the prospects for our essential “pollinators”.
Amongst those attending were Phil Rendle, Mayor of Penzance; Tom Marks, Cormac; Fiona Thomas-Lambourn, Pz Flora Group; Ken Prouse; and representatives of Friends of the Earth.