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David Wilson Homes Plants for Victory in Battle to Save British Bee

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 10/15/12 -- The shrinking population of bees in the UK is being given a much needed boost from leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes, which has planted a selection of bee friendly plants at all of their developments, including homes for sale in Coventry and the rest of the South Midlands.

Last winter alone, bee numbers declined by 16% according to the latest annual winter survival survey by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).

In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from visits from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals.

The value in economic terms of honey and bumble bees in their use as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK is estimated to be at over GBP 200 million each year.

Many of the bees natural habitats throughout the country are being disturbed by modern farming practices, so David Wilson Homes is taking the initiative by planting species including honeysuckles, foxgloves, poppies, lavenders and catmint around its new homes.

Jackie Day, Sales Director for David Wilson Homes, said: "We aim to create outstanding environments where people will aspire to live.

"For that reason we want to support the biodiversity at our developments and create new habitats which will be there for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

"We have incorporated a selection of bee friendly plants at our new developments and hope to do the same on all our new developments wherever possible.

"We hope that our initiative will raise awareness of how important the bee is in the British garden and encourage others to provide more habitats and forage at their own homes."

President of the BBKA, Martin Tovey, said: "It is very encouraging to see companies such as David Wilson Homes taking steps to help our bees.

Hopefully, this will help to persuade more people to think about ways that they too can help.

"People can encourage bees to visit their garden by planting single flowering plants and vegetables, such as flowering herbs, mints and beans. Tall plants such as foxgloves and hollyhocks are also popular with bees. See our website for more help with bee friendly plants: www.bbka.org.uk."

For more information about David Wilson Homes developments, including their houses for sale in the North West and throughout the UK, please call the sales hotline on 0844 811 4477 or log on to the website at www.dwh.co.uk.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. For further information about David Wilson South Midlands please contact Hannah Elwell or Kayleigh Moore, Unsworth Sugden, on 01162 471777 or [email protected] or [email protected].

2. David Wilson is part of Barratt Group which sold 12,637 homes in the last financial year, making it the biggest housebuilder by volume in Britain.

3. Barratt Group was awarded a maximum five star rating for the third consecutive year in the 2012 Home Builders Federation Customer Satisfaction Survey.

4. In 2012 site managers working for Barratt Group won the highest number of NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Awards for a record eighth consecutive year.

5. Barratt Group was named Housebuilder of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards 2011.

6. Barratt Group is the only housebuilder to provide a five year warranty on the fixtures and fittings in its new build homes at the time of purchase.

7. Images of a selection of developments are available to the media at http://www.barrattdevelopments.co.uk/barratt/en/media/mediakit/lib.

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