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Bees Block starts at £45 for an individual unit with a sliding scale of prices based on quantities beyond that. Please follow the link below and complete the form for your specific project, we will get back to you very quickly with a quote.

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Bees Block

The Bees Block can be used in place of a standard breeze block in construction to create habitat for solitary bees. Bees Block is increasingly being recognised as a biodiversity enhancement measure by planners and the Bee Brick is included in planning guidance from both Cornwall and Dorset county councils.

Bees Block is designed to sit alongside other measures like Swift boxes, Bat boxes and green roofs.

How it works

Each Bees Block contains cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs. Cavities go part way into the block which is solid at the back, ensuring bees cannot enter the building. Cavity nesting solitary Bees lay their eggs inside the holes and seal the entrance with mud or chewed up vegetation, depending on species. The offspring emerge the following Spring and begin the cycle again. Solitary bees are not aggressive and do not swarm, and so are safe for householders.

What is new about it

We have taken a standard construction material as a starting point and designed it to contribute to biodiversity. Whether used as a stand alone product in your garden or situated in the wall of a new build, the bee brick and bee blocks provide additional habitats for bees in spaces where they may otherwise have perished, a simple measure to do something good.

Materials

Green&Blue Bees Blocks are cast in concrete. We use a top grade concrete and this allows us to use 75% waste material from the Cornish China clay industry in our mix, making the concrete as ‘green’ an option as we can.

Implementation

Bees Blocks should be positioned in a warm sunny spot, on a southerly facing wall, with no vegetation in front of the holes. They should be positioned at least 1m from the ground with no upward limit. More Bees Blocks means more bees so the quantity you choose to use can be driven by your design aesthetic. There must be consideration for bee-friendly planting nearby as with no food bees will not use them.

About solitary bees

Solitary bees are non aggressive and as such are pet and child-friendly. Solitary bees will not sting you unless you squash them, and even then their stings are not painful. They are a vital part of your local biodiversity and should be encouraged and cherished, particularly by gardeners as they pollinate fruit crops. Bee populations are in decline and introducing measures now to reverse this is absolutely essential.

The vision

“Every home built without a Bee Brick is a missed opportunity,” Says Chris Hines, OBE. We have designed the Bricks and blocks as a ‘why wouldn’t you?’ measure, in recognition that with current housing targets we must ensure that each development contains provision for our dwindling wildlife, to avoid the insect armageddon we are heading for.

At Geeen&Blue we are passionate about providing habitats for wildlife species and the Bee Brick range is our starting point.

 

Specification

The Bees Block is based on standard half breeze block dimensions – 215mm x 215mm x 102.5mm.

Currently there is no regulation certification for the Bee Brick range and as such it can be used in construction but must be classed as a non-load bearing material. Please contact us for details of our coloured bricks and colour matching service.

 

To buy just one or two blocks now please visit our retail site greenandblue.co.uk

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