Woody loves bees & Co.

WAGNER is committed to protecting the environment and climate. For us, this also includes the creation of new, near-natural habitats that offer great ecological diversity - for example, a lush food supply for insects and other small creatures.

Our project "WOODY LOVES BEES" starts precisely here: It raises awareness for the increasing disappearance and extinction especially of honey and wild bees, bumblebees and butterflies.  The aim of the project is to motivate as many people as possible to create new livelihoods for endangered species in a simple way that is easy for everyone to implement. Because: We all need bees!

This is how you join in!

Step 1: Buy a plant trolley

With the purchase of a WAGNER plant trolley in a stationary specialist/garden centre or online, you will receive a FREE seed bag as of february 2021. Because in order to protect the environment and bees, we have come up with something very special: as Europe's leading manufacturer of plant trolleys, we have launched the "WOODY LOVES BEES" campaign and equipped 250.000 WAGNER plant trolleys with a sachet full of species-rich organic seed.

 

Step 2: Sow flower meadow

Now it's your turn and you can support actively: Our seed bag contains seeds for 5 m² of colourful, bee-friendly flower diversity. Sow the seeds directly in the garden, in a box on the balcony or terrace - and grow them up lovingly. Your contribution: a small, precious habitat for bees, bumblebees & co. If everyone joins in, together we will create a flower meadow of up to 1.250.000 m², the equivalent of about 175 football fields!

We join in!

WAGNER bee pasture live

From spring 2021, a two-part "WOODY LOVES BEES" bee pasture is growing on an area of approx. 12.000 m² on the WAGNER campus. It consists of a richly flowering and species-rich flower meadow of around 4.000 m² with a rich food supply for honey bees, wild bees, bumblebees, butterflies and numerous other endangered small animals. Directly next to it, yellow rape is also in bloom on an area of 8.000 m², which also provides a large supply of nectar and pollen for bees and other insects. At the edge of the flower meadow, five beehives have been set up, each of which is home to 60.000 honey bees, i.e. a total of about 300.000 bees. For wild bees and many other insect species, a large "insect hotel" at the edge of the flower meadow provides shelter, nursery and winter quarters. And for lizards, a new habitat is being created from quarry stones, sandstones, deadwood and small mounds of earth for egg-laying.

 

Woody presents

"GREENHOME" for future

Woody is looking for bee savers!

  • Woody's project motto: "Join in - it's easy!" Because everyone can make a valuable contribution and give something back to nature and wildlife.
  • Woody's project goal: to inspire as many people as possible for the important topic of "ecological diversity" and to motivate them to create new livelihoods for endangered small animal species in a simple way that is easy for everyone to implement. For bees, many other insects and small creatures, their environment is becoming increasingly hostile.
  • Why is this? The reasons include species-poor, "tidy" gardens, agricultural monocultures, massive increases in land sealing and the permanent use of pesticides such as glyphosate, which is a major contributor to species extinction.
  • Why do we need bees? Bees are not only important and indispensable helpers for humans in their work as honey producers and food providers, but also as "pollinators".

 

Facts and figures (Source: German Beekeepers' Association)

  • Around 80% of all native flowering plants depend on pollination by various insects, of which the honey bee plays a significant role.
  • The economic benefit of insect pollination exceeds the value of honey production by a factor of 10 to 15. It corresponds to a value of around 2 billion euros annually in Germany and 70 billion US dollars worldwide.
  • Hard to believe, but true: this makes bees one of the three most important farm animals (!) along with cattle and pigs.
  • Fruit and vegetables also benefit from pollination, because yields and quality characteristics such as weight, shape, sugar-acid content, germinating power, fertility and storability are significantly increased.

 

Woody says: We all need bees - together we preserve valuable habitat. Thank you for your commitment!

Even more "joiners"

Of course, we can't do all this alone. Luckily for us, we have found three great cooperation partners who have supported us in the preparations and implementation for our ambitious project - and who continue to do so!

 

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