Bee Friendly Awards

We are working with villages, towns and cities; plus community groups and businesses, across England to make them more bee friendly.

What makes a Bee Friendly Community? It’s more than simply creating wildlife areas.

That’s why we’ve pulled together the nine criteria that we feel transform a community into a wildlife haven.

And do you know what we realised? That many of the criteria involve communities working together as a team – much in the same way bees unite within the hive. Which is something worth celebrating.

In 2021, we launched our first Bee Friendly Awards – to celebrate the achievements of those towns (and cities, and villages, and Parishes) that have made the effort to meet each criteria and form a place that welcomes and promotes bees and pollinators.

2022 saw Alresford (Essex), Arundel (West Sussex), Kenilworth (Warwickshire), Leek (Staffordshire), Tring (Hertfordshire) and Wimborne (Dorset) become the first towns to receive Bee Friendly status. With eight more awards granted in 2023, including villages, housing developments and stations.

Want your community to be one the next awarded?

Download our criteria for the Bee Friendly Awards then click on the slides below for information and ideas on how to make the criteria a reality. You could even download and display our Bee Friendly Awards poster to recruit support in your area.

Sound like something you can achieve?

As well as being granted ‘Bee Friendly’ status, with a listing in our hive of fame on this website, all Bee Friendly award winners will receive supportive materials, including window stickers and wildflower seeds PLUS an award, in the form of an art sculpture, to be proudly displayed within the town for residents and visitors to admire and engage with. Successful applicants will also join a supportive network of other bee champions, having the opportunity to share ideas for new Bee Friendly initiatives and community projects.

Want to become a Bee Friendly Business?

We are working with businesses, across England to make them more bee friendly.

And it’s more than simply giving them all a green roof.

We will work with your business, large or small, to enable you to achieve Bee Friendly status and an award.

The award can be used to demonstrate your Biodiversity Net Gain or support a Section 106 agreement.

So, if you’re a pub, a law firm, a government department or a developer, contact for more information.