Bee Friendly Awards

Celebrating villages, towns and cities; plus community groups, schoolchildren and businesses, across England, for their bee-friendly initiatives.

When it comes to being Bee Friendly, there’s much more to it than simply creating wildlife areas.

Although, of course, sowing banks of wildflowers and putting up bee hotels definitely help.

In addition to new habitats to call home, bees and pollinators need Champions to fly their flag on a regular basis – raising awareness of the crucial role they play and rallying the support of all those around them.

When we launched our Bee Friendly Awards in 2021, to celebrate the bee-friendly achievements of towns and cities around the country, we were blown away by the creative initiatives and traditions that were taking place, that went above and beyond the ordinary.

Yes, they had wildflowers and bee hotels. But they also had collaborative, pollinator focused community events. There were businesses that pledged to donate to bee-supporting causes. Schools that crafted bee-themed items in class – to sell as fundraising ventures. Pubs with beer gardens planted specifically for bees. Groups of friends doing sponsored walks in aid of pollinators.

The list goes on.

We realised that being Bee Friendly is also about team spirit and working towards a united goal of future-proofing for pollinators.

So this is what the Bee Friendly Awards celebrate:

  • They celebrate the habitat-forming initiatives that create new homes for wildlife.
  • They showcase the collaborations that are helping to extend pollinator pathways across the nation.
  • They shout about the people making positive change happen.

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 and nine in 2024, including villages, housing developments and stations (meet them all, below).

Want your community or group or project to be one of the next awarded?

Visit our Bee-Friendly Resources section for information and ideas on how to be Bee Friendly. You could even download and display our Bee Friendly Awards poster to recruit support in your area.

The deadline for entry to the Bee Friendly Awards 2025 is Friday, 4th April 2025, with winners announced on World Bee Day on Monday, 20th May 2025. All winners receive an Award, certificate, window and lapel stickers plus wildflower seeds to distribute.

Bug Hotel of the Year. Got a bug hotel that’s a bit more than your standard square box? We’re looking for the nation’s most unique and supportive bug hotel. Enter via the Bee Friendly Awards Application Form, below. 

What are you waiting for? Let’s celebrate the work you’re doing for bees and pollinators, today.

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.