The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the full list of winners of the 2021 'Bees' Needs Champions Awards.

The Bees' Needs Awards recognise and celebrate examples of exemplary initiatives undertaken by local authorities, community groups, farmers and businesses to support pollinators.

They are run by Defra in partnership with the Green Flag Awards, CFE and the Nature Friendly Farming Network.  

2021 winner

Winners with a special mention in the farming category:

  • Glenda Crenshaw (Dolwen Lamb and Beef);
  • Ian Willoughby (Dyson Farming Limited).

Winners in the farming category:

  • David Newman (Bucksum);
  • Donya Donger (R H Donger and Sons at Peacock Farm);
  • Edward Darling (Manor Farms, Barley).

Winners in the local communities category:

  • Incentive FM/Gavin Jones for Bluewater Shopping Centre;
  • Adur and Worthing Councils, Friends of Brooklands Park, We Are Food Pioneers and Creative Waves for Brooklands Park;
  • Friends of Buxton Station;
  • Ipswich Borough Council for Braziers Meadow, Alexandra Park and Bourne Park;
  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council for Cliffe Castle Museum and Park;
  • The Complete Education Solution for East London Independent School;
  • Trust Links for Growing Together Westcliff Garden;
  • Harlow Council for Harlow Town Park;
  • Three Rivers District Council for Leavesden Country Park;
  • Southampton City Council and the friends of Portswood Rec for Portswood Recreation Ground;
  • London Beekeepers’ Association;
  • Manchester and District Beekeeping Association for Heaton Park and the Dower House Training Apiary;
  • Staines Park Residents’ Association for Staines Park;
  • Islington Council for Wray Crescent Open Space;
  • Mitie and Sussex Estates and Facilities for the University of Sussex;
  • Bedford Borough Council for the Bugs and Bees Project;
  • Horsham District Council for Horsham Park;
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the Kensington and Chelsea Bee Superhighway;
  • Friends of Rhyddings Park for Rhyddings Park;
  • Lepe Country Park;
  • Wapley Bushes Conservation Group for Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future.

Applications for the Bees’ Needs Champions Awards 2022 will open during Bees’ Needs Week in summer 2022.