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Town's cafes make a beeline to help save bees

Created on 03/07/2018 @ 09:59
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Cafes in Newtown are changing their menus to raise awareness of bees.

Eight cafes in the town are changing their menus throughout this month to help raise awareness of the plight of bees.

Cafes such as Bank Tea Rooms and Glanhafren Market Hall will be adding an item to their menu for one week that only uses ingredients made through pollination.

Montgomeryshire Friends of the Earth is a branch of Friends of the Earth Cymru and has organised the event from 16th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018.

It forms part of a drive to make Newtown a Bee Friendly town as part of a Welsh Government-backed initiative.

Mel Chandler spokesperson for Montgomeryshire Friends of the Earth said: “We didn’t think we’d get this many cafes involved, but it just shows how many care about the bees.

"Bees have got a problem with our current environment and we want to make people think about how bland our diets would be without them.”

Bees are on a serious decline, according to FoE. 97 per cent of flower-rich meadows have been lost since the 1930s. "If UK farmers lost bees it would cost £1.8billion a year to pollinate their crops manually."

One of the cafes getting involved is The Bank Teak Rooms.

Owner, Ged Warren, said: “ We’re getting involved because we care about helping the environment, therefore we are actively helping bees. We have many bee-friendly plants in our cafe garden to help them.

“When you look at the list of foods we wouldn’t have without them it makes you realise how important it is to save them. So look out for our Bee Friendly dish during Bee Friendly week."

On Saturday, 21 July, the FoE Montgomeryshire branch will host a Bee Friendly event between 11am and 2pm at Glanhafren Market Hall.

Visitors will be able to add to a bee display and learn more about the importance of bees to the community.

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