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#BulbsForBees 

To celebrate 35 years of Gaisce – The President’s Award and to protect one of the most important players in the climate change battle, we have a special Gaisce challenge for you. We’re asking everyone in Ireland to plant pollinator-friendly bulbs to help safeguard the future of our vital bee population. It’s that simple.

📲 Tag us @GaisceAward and use #BulbsForBees

Why #BulbsForBees is important 🐝

While small and often overlooked, bees play a significant role in the pollination of vital food crops. It’s estimated that one third of the food we consume each and every day, relies on pollination by bees. Pollinator friendly bulbs provide these hard little workers with a world of sweet, sugary, carbohydrate-rich nectar, which they depend on for energy.  

One third of our bee species is threatened with extinction in Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of flowers they eat and places where they can safely nest.   

Get involved in Gaisce’s special challenge today: #BulbsForBees  

How can I take part today? 🐝

Taking part in #BulbsForBees is easy! Gaisce – The President’s Award is asking people across Ireland to plant a pollinator friendly bulb in whatever patch they have (garden, pot, planter or field!)  Simply plant a pollinator friendly bulb in a pot, a container or directly into the soil in your garden.  

If you are a community or youth group, you can call into your local development office to collect bulbs free of charge which have been made available with support from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth. A full list of participating Irish Local Development Network pick-up points are available here.

Get the best from your bulbs! 🌱 

  • Bulbs can be planted in a pot, a window box or container or directly into the soil.  
  • Ensure that bulbs have good drainage and access to sunlight to ensure a full bloom in the Spring.  
  • Prepare and loosen the soil and place the bulb with its pointy end up and roots down.  
  • As a general rule, bulbs should be planted 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is tall.  
  • Newly planted bulbs will be thirsty so give them a good watering! 
  • These hardy bulbs will return year after year meaning you will get lots of enjoyment from one season of planting. 
Know your pollinator friendly bulbs

#BulbsForBees is a nationwide pollination project being run by Gaisce – The President’s Award and is approved by the All Ireland Pollinator Plan! The All Ireland Pollinator plan is run through the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and is all about coming together to try to create an island where pollinators can survive and thrive.

The All Ireland Pollinator plan have approved the following pollinator bulbs as appropriate for planting September-October 2021:

📚 Check out Irish biologist Eanna Ní Lamhna’s new book, Our Wild World, which is a brilliant resource for all ages! Link below! ⬇️
Our Wild World

Crocus Tommasinianus Barr’s Purple

Barr’s Purple’ has rich purple-lilac flowers, silvery outside, with orange stigmas and stamens. It has tufted green leaves with a central silvery-white stripe. They grow well in a sunny spot, or under deciduous shrubs. They grow well in most soil types, once they are not too wet for too long. This variety of crocus is a good source of pollen for honeybees early in the season.

Flowers in February – Approx. 10 cm in height

Allium Moly

Otherwise known as “Yellow Garlic”, this is a popular ornamental onion, and certainly one of the easiest to grow. It bears bright yellow, star-shaped flowers which are attractive to bees and other pollinators. Grow Allium moly in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It’s well suited to growing in a mixed herbaceous border and also beneath trees and shrubs.

Flowers June – July – approx. 25 cm in height

Muscari Armeniacum

Otherwise known as Grape Hyacinth – a good supply of nectar which attracts the butterflies and bees. M. Armeniacum is a strong-growing bulbous perennial, with narrow, arching green leaves and erect stems bearing dense spikes of deep violet-blue, egg-shaped flowers. They grow well in a sun or semi shade area and are a super at naturalising!

Flowers in March/April – approx. 15 cm in height

I’m in a Youth or Community Group 🐝

📲 If you are a community or youth group, you can call into your local development office to collect bulbs free of charge which have been made available with support from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth. A full list of participating Irish Local Development Network pick-up points are available by clicking below ⬇️

Youth or Community Group
Earn a special Gaisce Certificate 🐝

📲 You can register for your certificate of participation for our #BulbsForBees campaign belowEveryone who takes part is eligible to apply for this commemorative Gaisce certificate. Certificates will be sent out to all participants once the campaign has ended. 

Register for your certificate
Frequently Asked Questions 🐝

Everyone! It doesn’t matter what age you are, your location or what size garden you have –  #BulbsForBees is open to everyone in Ireland. Whether you have a spacious garden, a windowsill or a pot that holds one bulb you can take part and get involved. (You just need a little soil!) 

You should plant your bulbs as soon as possible once you have them. It’s really important that there is no waste in this campaign – we want the bulbs in the ground, so that they can provide food for the bees by Spring 2022! 

  • Packets of bulbs have been made available to all post-primary schools in Ireland.  
  • 300,000 bulbs have been made available through the Irish Local Development Network so that groups in the youth and community sector can access bulbs for free as part of their local activities. Bulbs for local community and youth groups have been supported by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. 
  • As a member of the public, you can purchase pollinator friendly bulbs at any local garden centre, just make sure they are suitable to plant this season. You can check out our list of All-Ireland Pollinator approved bulbs on our website.  
  • As part of our #BulbsForBees campaign, Lidl have also sold over 250,000 pollinator friendly bulbs in their stores nationwide. 
  • If you require a large volume of bulbs, you can purchase them via Bulbs.ie.

The #BulbsForBees campaign has been approved by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Check them out here for loads more ideas and information about the importance of pollination year-round.  

If you are a community or voluntary youth group, you can call into your local development office to collect bulbs. If you are a post-primary school, you will have received a packet of bulbs in the post. This campaign is for everyone regardless of whether they are directly involved in delivering Gaisce – The President’s Award. However, we would love for you to get involved in Gaisce. Please contact us on mail@gaisce.ie.

No – there is no registration required to take part in the #BulbsForBees campaign. Planting a bulb is all you need to do! You can register for a certificate of participation after planting your bulb and all details are available on our website.  

There is no requirement to register to receive bulbs.  

  • If you are a post primary school, the bulbs will arrive to your School Principal or President’s Award Leader. 
  • If you are a group in the youth and community sector, you can collect yours locally at your nearest development office. 
  • If you are a member of the public, you can source pollinator-friendly bulbs at your nearest garden centre!  

No – this campaign is open to everyone. From 6 months to 100 plus, you can be part of this great campaign! 

Congratulations!! Now here comes the easy part. Take a picture of yourself in the garden, holding your newly potted bulbs or of your windowsill and then tag us on social media using the hashtag #BulbsForBees. Get creative – dress up as a bee even! Just let us know you’ve taken part. Don’t forget to register for a certificate of participation on our website.  

Get the best from your bulbs:  

  • Bulbs can be planted in a pot, a window box or container or directly into the soil.  
  • Ensure that bulbs have good drainage and access to sunlight to ensure a full bloom in the Spring.  
  • Prepare and loosen the soil and place the bulb with its pointy end up and roots down.  
  • As a general rule, bulbs should be planted 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is tall.  
  • Newly planted bulbs will be thirsty so give them a good watering! 
  • These hardy bulbs will return year after year meaning you will get lots of enjoyment from one season of planting. 

 

Register for a certificate on our website by filling in your details and telling us where you planted your bulbs. Certificate sign up will be live from Tuesday, 21st September. Certificates will be sent out to all participants once the campaign has ended.  

No! You can sign up for your special Gaisce cert of participation once you have taken part in the campaign in any way. 

The All-Ireland pollinator plan, a key strategic partner in this campaign, recommended 3 types of bulbs which were:  

  • Pollinator friendly (aka food for the bees) 
  • Can be planted this season 

Many other bulbs/types of flowers are pretty but not actually pollinator friendly.  

Did you know? Bees actually can’t see the colour red so you will never see a wild bee land on a red flower for pollination! 

This is the biggest public pollination project in Ireland, and we would like to thank the following organisations for supporting us in making it happen!

For all press/ media enquiries please contact Ciarán Garrett / Sorcha MacMahon, Alice PR & Events, Tel: 087-7158912 / 087-7585337

Email: media@alicepr.com 💌

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