Bee The Difference
Orchards In The Community
Join us on 16th June at 3pm as we launch
“Orchards in the Community” as part of our DCs for Bees initiative.
Since our launch in 2014 “Success through Collaboration” has always been front and centre in who and what Host in Ireland stands for. With the support of our partners from the Datacentre and Hosting Community we are seeking out “homes” for over 1,000 orchards throughout Ireland as we look to collaborate with local communities, and collectively assist in the reverse of the decline of Ireland’s Pollinators
So why Orchards ? Orchards are a priority habitat, providing food and shelter for flora, fauna and in particular for the 98 species of bees in Ireland, of which 33% are facing extinction. Working in collaboration with the Irish National Biodiversity Centre this project will also enable Ireland for the first time to track concurrent pollination success. Something that is only made possible by planting uniform orchards in multiple locations within the one growing season (Nov 2021 - March 2022)
Joining us will be Peter Dowdall, The Irish Gardener (RTE & Examiner), Katie Mills, Head of Sustainable Development & Innovation UK&I at Schneider Electric and Dr Una Fitzpatrick, Co-Author of The Irish National Pollinator Plan.
We will be discussing:
The What, Why, How of National Pollinator Plan 2021 - 2026
Why Orchards help halt the decline of pollinators in Ireland
How Communities, Individuals, Business and Industry are getting involved
Where you can start
'Orchards are cherished natural areas that give sustenance to people as well as wildlife.
In this time of climate emergency, when many of us feel disempowered, urban community orchards become a tangible way for people to take positive, practical, local action on food security, tree coverage and biodiversity loss.'
DCs for Bees Kids Activities
Download this beautiful colouring page drawn by one of our super creative team. A great way to get the kids involved in DCs For Bees and interested in our little bee friends!