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Why plant trees for bees on farms?

Good nutrition for bees is the key to better pollination on farms. Bees need a reliable source of food throughout the year just like other animals so that they do not suffer nutritional stress which can result in weak bees and dying colonies. It is easy to encourage and support bees while also meeting other farm requirements by planting multi-purpose trees and shrubs that feed bees.

Purpose of farm planting can include:

  • Shelter
  • Shade
  • Land stabilisation
  • Riparian/wetland protection
  • Amenity/farm beautification
  • Timber
  • Firewood
  • Tree crops
  • Native bush protection and enrichment

Site characteristics can vary in:

  • Size and shape
  • Location and exposure
  • Soils and drainage
  • Rainfall
  • Access and serviceability

With so many reasons for planting trees and shrubs on farms, feeding bees can fit in perfectly by selecting plants that are also good pollen and nectar sources.