Could your garden be a hive of activity?

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A RECENT appeal for bee lovers with large gardens or plenty of space in Bucks has attracted a lot of interest.

Fourth generation bee keeper Bryan Pilbeam recently appealed via the Advertiser for people to donate safe and secure land to establish and maintain working hives in a bid to secure the future of the honey bee.

Factors such as parasites, bad weather and mis-management of the environment have endangered the insect and put mankind on the brink of a global pollination crisis.

Mr Pilbeam, who keeps more than one million bees at a National Trust property near Aylesbury has been delighted by the response.

He said: “I have been talking with people who are willing to help.

“It’s certainly encouraging. However, we do need more gardens, woodland and farmland.”

If you think you can help email or call 07557 375172.

Mr Pilbeam and his twin eight-year-old boys have also set up in a bid to raise the profile of bee keeping to appeal to a younger audience.

The site offers factual advice and an opportunity to buy British handmade beeswax soap – a percentage of which goes towards the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust (BBCT).

You can also follow them on Twitter @pimpmyhive.