A true virtual garden centre 

Potter & Rest to help buzzy gardeners’ friends

A VIRTUAL garden centre is donating proceeds from the sales of sock bees and bee-friendly plants to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (2015).

www.potterandrest.co.uk is donating £1 from every one of its sock bees and bee-friendly plants sold to the Trust to help towards the conservation of the insects.

Peter Burks, Horticultural Expert at www.potterandrest.co.uk, said: “Bees fly from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollinating plants, which is essential for crop production, not just on a small scale in gardens or allotments where people are growing their own fruit and vegetables, but also on a larger scale at farms growing food to feed the nation.

“Unfortunately the number of bees are in decline. We’re keen to help raise awareness of their plight and so we decided to donate £1 from every one of our sock bees, that are suitable for children and adults, and bee-friendly plants sold to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.”

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of concerns about the decline of the insects. It aims to increase flower-rich habitats nationally, for the benefit of both people and wildlife.

The organisation also raises awareness of the value of bumblebees and the important role they play in nature.

In the UK there are 24 species of bumblebee but only eight are commonly found in most places.

Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said: “It’s great that Potter & Rest has decided to do its bit to help the bee population and raise awareness and we’re extremely grateful for any money raised to help us with our work.

“Gardeners can use the BeeKind tool on our website to see how bee-friendly their gardens are and follow our recommendations for other flowers to plant to really get their gardens buzzing.”

Sock bee stress reliever
H7cm. £6
Made from manmade fibres. Machine washable on a cool wash. CE standard.

Peter added: “If people want to help with the conservation of the insects there are a number of plants they can include in their gardens, such as lavender, heather, hebes and gladioli.”

Hebe – ‘Celine’
£10. Pot size: 3 litre.


Heather: Erica x Veitchii ‘Exeter’
£4.50. Pot size: 1 litre.

This is a winter/spring flowering heather that has a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. A great friend to bees and butterflies.

Grown for its flowers and neat foliage, it also does well in coastal areas. Hebes are good for attracting bees and butterflies.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
£9.50. Pot size: 2 litre.

A compact English lavender and a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner. The flowers are very attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.

www.potterandrest.co.uk aims to be the largest ‘true’ garden centre online with free expert advice available to gardeners via telephone and social media backed by a five-year plant guarantee.

There is an emphasis on British grown plants and products wherever possible and some of the products and plant collections are not currently available in other garden centres in the real or virtual world.

The e-garden centre hopes to appeal to all levels of gardeners from complete novices to keen amateurs and on to expert gardeners.

www.potterandrest.co.uk also offers gift cards so if you’re not sure what to buy a loved one as a present then they can choose for themselves instead.

The card is valid indefinitely from the date of purchase. Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. There are no additional processing fees.

www.potterandrest.co.uk gift cards are available in values of £5, £10, £20, £25, £50, £100 and £250.

All sock bees and plants that say they are bee-friendly in the item descriptions will have £1 donated from its sales to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

For further details, please visit www.potterandrest.co.uk, call 01278 440500 or email hello@potterandrest.co.uk. 

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