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In the Netherlands, Food Banks for Bees

A Dutch group, The Pollinators, called on all Netherlanders to spring into action in the run-up to National Sowing Day on April 22nd to help protect pollinators by sowing the seeds for an epic bee food banquet.

1500 volunteers signed up this year to act as "Bee Food Banks", distribution points for free organic flower seeds. Anyone in the country could contact their local Bee Food Bank to request seeds and then pick them up before National Sowing Day, which this year coincided with Earth Day.

Each seed packet contained 2 grams of seed representing 14 different flowers that are attractive to a wide range of pollinators.

On April 22nd people across the country participated in what amounted to a massive seed sowing festival, with thousands of seeds scattered on balconies, roof terraces, in gardens - anywhere that the seeds might find a welcoming home.

Six weeks later -round about now - the flowers are beginning to bloom. And the bees beginning to alight.

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