Zoe Ball has announced BBC Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge nature project, which is backed by the RHS.
According to a release, Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge is “a three-year project to raise awareness and encourage listeners to help create a better environment to support bees and other pollinating insects.”
The initiative launches today (7 June) with a competition for children to design a garden which bees and other insects will be attracted to, to promote pollination.
The winner will see their garden brought to life by the RHS, who will build it on an NHS Trust site which supports children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing.
Zoe Ball 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 Big Bee Challenge Weekend will also take place at the end of the month (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.
“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!"
The Big Bee Challenge competition is open for children aged 6 to 12 years old, from today (7 June). Entries close at 6pm on Monday 5 July and the winner will revealed on-air on Thursday 19 August.
You can follow the action on social media using #BigBeeChallenge. See the Radio 2 website for full info.
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