The Bee Arboretum
A project by Beechworth Honey
Our ongoing commitment to planting trees for bees and passion for education and awareness is inspiring others to take action.
The Bee Arboretum is a project by Beechworth Honey and a part of our ongoing commitment to planting trees for bees.
The arboretum is a dedicated plot of land outside Beechworth and has been specifically planted with a range of pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs that are native to Australia. The project is designed to support bees, create awareness, and inspire action to drive change for a healthier planet.
We know that there is a symbiotic relationship between plants and bees. One can’t exist without the other. Bees help plants produce their seeds and plants provide bees with their nutritional needs, nectar and pollen. A healthy environment relies on bees to sustain us all.
The Bee Arboretum is part of our broader focus on education and awareness. A changing climate means some things that have grown native and local to Beechworth might no longer be suitable for this climate. This site will be a valuable asset for future data collection and an opportunity for others to learn and be inspired to take action.
As a proud 1% for the Planet member, 1% of our global Bee Cause sales revenue goes to nonprofit partners that support trees, bees and the environment. These funds contribute to our commitment to planting trees for bees and support our local partners who help with our ongoing tree planting initiatives.
Planting Trees for Bees
Tree planting begins at a dedicated 6 hectare (15 acre) site 4km to the west of Beechworth, with the first 1,500 trees planted. The first stage of planting supported by our partners from Beechworth Urban Landcare & Sustainability Group.
Tree planting continues, adding to the previous year’s efforts with additional species included and bringing the total up to 2,000. A second wet winter in a row saw a number of tree species thrive, while others suffered within the conditions.
A more considered approach with a focus on filling gaps. As expected, Beechworth frosts have taken their toll on some of the eucalypts which usually grow more coastally. We continued some offsite planting along the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail.
A further 1,000 trees were planted bringing the total up to 3,000 trees with 37 dedicated species and marking a huge milestone. Some species are already over 2 meters tall and we’re beginning to see flowers appear throughout the year.