Bumblebee Conservation Trust Charity Wedding Favour

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Bumblebee Conservation Trust

We are so excited to be working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to raise funds for the amazing work they do to help our bees!  In association with them, we have created recycled seed packet charity wedding favours – for each packet of seeds sold, 20p goes to the Trust.

Bee on dandelion Two bees on thistle

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established out of concern for the serious plight of British bees.  They have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and flowers, supporting a wide diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.  The charity is a registered charity, No 1115634, Scottish Charity No SC042830.  2016 saw the charity celebrating 10 years of helping our bees!

These charity wedding favours are made from quality, 115 gsm, recycled manilla paper and contain only British-grown seeds of British wildflower species that bees love – Selfheal, White Campion, Ox-eye Daisy and Lesser Knapweed.  The front of the packet is personalised with your wedding details (please advise in the box above) and the back of the packet has the sowing instructions.

We have some involvement with the Shorthaired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project (part of Bumblebee Conservation Trust), who have successfully reintroduced to Kent the previously extinct Shorthaired Bumblebee:

shorthaired bumblebee release


We love bees – let’s help Bumblebee Conservation Trust save them!

“Excellent again – may even order more later for other occasions.” (lovely customer review!)

About the Seeds

White Campion

White campion

This pretty wildflower is found open wasteground, hedgerows and meadows. It produces a proliferation of white flowers from May to September – great value for money!

Latin name – silene latifolia

Height – 90 cm

Habitat – semi-shade or sun


Flowering time – May to October

White Campion is also a popular moth plant, attracting Marbled Coronet, Marbled Clover and Sandy Carpet moths.



SelfhealSelfheal is low-growing, often found in lawns and grassland, meadows and road verges in the wild, growing in patches of purple.  In folk medicine it was thought that Selfheal was good for treating sore throats because its flower head resembles a throat.  Also known as All-heal and Carpenter Herb, among many others.

Latin name – prunella vulgaris

Height – 20 – 30 cm

Flowering time – June to October


Habitat – sunny

Particular bees that love Selfheal – bumblebees and honeybees.


Lesser Knapweed

Bee on Lesser Knapweed

Hardy perennial and member of the Daisy family, found on cliffs and grassland. It has deep-pink, many-petalled flowers opening out from a hard bud. Grows to 65 cm (25.5 in).  It is tolerant of coastal conditions and fairly drought-resistant.  Flowers all summer.

Bees are very attracted to Lesser Knapweed! The plant attracts butterflies – particularly Tortoiseshell and Painted Ladies, Satyr Pug, Silver Y  and Lime Speck Pug moths, and birds like the seeds.  Other butterflies – Comma, Silver Washed fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Silver Spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue, Adonis, Brimstone.So, all in all, a very useful plant for pollinators!

In folklore it is claimed that if a maiden picks a flower, removes the expanded florets and places the flowerhead inside her blouse for an hour, if the unexpanded florets have blossomed when the plant is removed then she will soon see the man she is to marry.

Was used in medieval times to treat vaginal bleeding and cancer.  Lesser Knapweed root can be made into an ointment to treat cuts and bruises.  Please note – this is for info only, always consult a qualified herbal practitioner before using!

Latin name – centaurea nigra

Height – 65 cm


Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September


Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye DaisyAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white daisy flowers – but these are bigger than your common lawn daisy!  Very common on roadside verges, meadows and grassland.  Another prolific self-seeder, if you leave the flowerheads on after flowering is over, you will have Ox-eye Daisies everywhere the following year!  Hoverflies and beetles also particularly love Ox-eye Daisies!

Latin name – leucanthemum vulgare

Height – 60 cm


Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Particular bees that like Ox-eye Daisy – short-tongued bumblebees, solitary bees (such as mining bees – Andrena, Colletes and Halictus species) and some small black stem-nesting bees, such as Hylaeus species

Bee on phacelia

Throughout late spring and summer – may not flower the first year.

Up to around 60 cm.

Hardy perennials

Sun or semi-shade

Selfheal – purple

Red Campion – dark pink

Ox-eye Daisy – white flowers with yellow centres

Musk Mallow – pale lilac

Our bee seeds are very easy to sow – simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds.  No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil.  Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.

Seed sowing instructions

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