Zoe Ball reveals completed Big Bee Challenge garden, designed by a competition winner

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Zoe Ball reveals the completed Big Bee Challenge garden as the competition winners' design is brought to life.

Today, (23 August) Zoe was able to share the final garden designed by Izabella Zogaj. She posted photographs of the official Big Bee Challenge Garden on her instagram account, offering a "big congratulations to Izabella."

The Big Bee Challenge is a collaboration between BBC Radio 2 and the RHS. It is described as “a three-year project to raise awareness and encourage listeners to help create a better environment to support bees and other pollinating insects," according to a release.

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The challenge launched on 7 June with a competition for children (entires now closed) to design a garden which bees and other insects will be attracted to, to promote pollination.

The prize was that the winner would see their garden brought to life by the RHS, who built it on an NHS Trust site which supports children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing.

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Zoe Ball previously said she was “positively buzzing about the Big Bee Challenge” and invited children “draw, paint or sketch a picture to show their design for a fabulous garden that will attract bees and insects.”

The National Trust also announced a new "Buzz Border" at one of its properties to support the nature project.

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The new "Buzz Border" has been installed at Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire and includes a wide range of flowers and plants to help encourage bees to pollinate, as well as a bee nest box.

Gardener Cal Stewart designed the border and said he hoped that, "the border, and wider garden, show that there are easy things gardeners can plant, and do, to give bees a much-needed helping hand."

The Big Bee Challenge Weekend took place on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August and will encourage the public to do something to help the bees, with tips on ways to get involved shared on Zoe’s Radio 2 show.

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“Anyone can get involved in Big Bee Challenge Weekend by doing something, however small, to help encourage more bees in our outside spaces,” said Zoe. “Knowing just how important the plight of bees is, I feel so passionate about this campaign - it's already got me thinking about what I can do for them in my garden!"

You can follow the action on social media using #BigBeeChallenge. See the Radio 2 website for full info.

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