Bee-lighted at Andy's visit to site
A swarm of giant bees greeted a national environmental group leader when he visited a new conservation site planned in Leicester.
Andy Atkins, executive director of Friends of the Earth, was met by branch members dressed in bee costumes at a site going to be developed as a habitat suitable for bees and other insects.
The land, at the junction of Melton Road and Troon Way, Leicester, is to become part of a national project to create 60 "bee-friendly" areas in a bid to halt the decline of both honey bees and bumble bees.
The work is being done by Leicester Friends of the Earth, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and Leicester City Council.
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After the site visit, Mr Atkins met Leicester's environment lead, deputy mayor Rory Palmer and gave a lecture on "Economy and Environment: Friends or Enemies" at Leicester University.
Malcolm Hunter, a spokesman for Leicester Friends of the Earth, said: "We are delighted Leicester City Council and the trust have agreed to work with us in setting up a Bee World demonstration project in habitat restoration in Leicester.
"Most of our food relies on the pollination service provided by bees, but both honey bee and bumble bee populations are in decline."
Work on the site will start by the end of this month and anyone who would like to get involved can contact: