It’s taken me a long time to write this piece. What can I say about Green Issues when the pandemic is at the forefront of everything we do and think about? Did I wash my hands before I started work? Before I ate that crumpet for lunch? Do I have enough food in stock? Green what? Green Issues? Heck, I don’t know!
But today the sun is shining for the first time in what feels like months.
The sky is blue instead of grey and there is a bee buzzing against the kitchen window. The clematis has started to grow again and my blueberry bush has buds on it.
It’s still cold but I’m writing with the kitchen door open to air the house that has been in hibernation and the chilly breeze is most welcome.
The weather today is telling me that although this alien invasion of a disease is winning its battle to infect as many people as possible, it will not win the war.
I have packets and packets of vegetable seeds to plant out this week, now the ground looks to be given a chance to dry out a bit. There are flower bulbs to go in the new borders in the garden. Most importantly, the bees are waking up and reminding me to do my bit to ensure their survival.
It’s very easy to become introverted and insular at this time, to worry about our own health and that of our friends and family.
I’m not saying forget about it, but maybe we’ll all feel a bit better if we did what we could outside – we can still have control over taking action to look after the bees and pollinating insects. Even if you have self-isolated and don’t have access to a garden, you probably do have a windowsill
Research how to build a home for solitary bees. Plant bee-friendly flowers in your window box. Everything you need can be ordered over the internet and delivered to your door. The world will still need us to do our bit once this terrible disease has done its worst, and it might do us good to think about the positive actions we can take and reap the benefits of once this thing has passed.
The bees may not be able to catch Coronavirus but they have a whole minefield of problems, caused by the human race, which threatens their survival. And we do still need them
Plant wildflower seeds. Feed the birds. Watch the butterflies. Remain positive. And for those of you who are sick, I hope you get well soon.