The news this week that the Government will be taking forward the National Pollinator Strategy will be well received by the many fruit growers we have in the county. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food, Farming and Rural Affairs Liz Truss announced the news and acknowledged the part that insects play in not only food production but their value to the countryside as a whole. In her foreword she said:
There are so many plants in our fields and gardens and in the wild that are so common we can often take them for granted: apples, raspberries, oxeye daisies, foxgloves, oil seed rape, to name just a few.But they could not flourish without their pollen being spread by bees and hundreds of species of other insects – hoverflies, wasps, moths, beetles and butterflies.
If these pollinating insects went into serious decline, the health of our £100bn food industry, which is at the heart our economy, would be damaged. Without the service
nature provides, some of that food would become a lot harder to grow and more expensive. The beauty not just of our countryside but of our gardens and parks too would be severely affected. Britain would become a much more drab place. That is why taking action to help these insects is a key part of my priorities to improve the
natural environment and grow the rural economy. Pollinators face many pressures which have led to declines in numbers, and a reduction in
the diversity of species to be found in many parts of the country. That is why we are publishing this National Pollinator Strategy, which over the next 10 years will build a solid foundation to bring about the best possible conditions for bees and other insects to flourish.
It is a shared plan of action. By working together we will ensure pollinators’ needs are addressed as an integral part of land and habitat management. the full Strategy can be downloaded here.