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1 April 2022

An update on our partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust

For the last two years we have supported the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and raised money to aid their mission of protecting bumblebees across the UK.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the plight of the bumblebee. In the last 80 years the UK's bumblebee population has crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. The Trust has a vision to create a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued. Their mission is to address the decline in the bumblebee population by increasing and restoring their habitats and there is a good commercial reason for doing so, as pollinators are essential for our short and long-term food production.

From 2020-2022 we were able to raise over £14,000 in donations, all of which went towards supporting their important research work and activities - to create, maintain and conserve bumblebee-friendly habitats across the UK, as well as raising awareness of the bumblebees’ declining number.

“On behalf of all the team, I would like to thank Cosyfeet and their customers for their bee-rilliant support over the last two years. Your generosity has raised a whopping £14,230 to help the UK’s struggling bumblebee species. Through conservation projects, scientific research, influencing policy and developing innovative ways to educate people on the importance of the ‘free-bee’ pollination services for food crops and flowers, our mission is to inspire a nation to take action to help our bumblebee species survive and thrive. The single most important thing we can all do is to plant more bee-friendly flowers and by creating and managing bumblebee-friendly flower habitat on a landscape scale, our Conservation team has recorded rare bumblebee species returning to areas where they have not been seen for several decades. A huge ‘buzzy’ thank you for your fantastic contribution to help fund our vital work; we simply couldn’t do what we do without the support of wonderful businesses and people like you.” Tessa Brooks, Senior Fundraising Officer of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

A huge thank you and well done to all of our customers who contributed to this un-bee-lievable total!