Good pollination will improve both the yield and the quality of crops. The native British Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris Audax, is a far more efficient pollinator than the honey bee, being prepared to fly in cool, windy or damp conditions.
They are docile and will only sting if severely aggravated, and are routinely used commercially for the pollination of many fruit and vegetable crops.
Our Bumblebee Villa is handmade in the UK from FSC timber, with wooden legs to raise it off the ground, rear ventilation hole and a detachable wooden roof with grey, rough felt finish for weather protection. It comes complete with a large bumblebee hive colony that consists of a queen, 50-60 workers, eggs, sugar water food supply and a small amount of pollen to help the bees during their transportation. Height 33cm (13"); Width 39cm (15½"); Length/Depth 34.5cm (13½"). PLEASE NOTE: The Bumblebee Villa will be despatched within 21 days of ordering with a Colony Voucher enclosed to redeem from the beginning of next season, MAY 2020.
Bumblebees have a shorter life cycle than honey bees and do not overwinter. However new queens will be produced that will create colonies of their own in the local environment. And next year you can simply order a new colony to populate your villa.
PLEASE NOTE: When ordering these products an email address is required. Unfortunately due to both these items being live products we cannot send to Ireland, Southern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Isle of Scilly and the Channel Islands.
Orders are despatched promptly by post or parcel carrier. Seasonal items such as plants are sent separately with the estimated delivery times stated against each variety both in our catalogue and on our website.
Small items are sent by Royal Mail and larger items by courier. When ordering large items please provide your phone number so that the courier can contact you if necessary.
Please note that when several items are ordered they may not all be delivered at the same time.
Packet seed, garlic, onion sets, shallots and mushroom spawn (except windowsill kits) incur a carriage charge of £1.99.
Any products showing the following symbol will be supplied in cardboard boxes as in the past. A carriage charge of £5.99 will be incurred for any order containing products displaying this symbol, as these plants are supplied by a trusted third party not our own nursery.
All other products incur a carriage charge of £4.99.
If your order comprises of a combination of carriage charges then the higher carriage charge will be applied.
Free delivery on orders over £60.
Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly & areas of Scotland with postcodes starting AB30 plus, BT, GY, HS, IM, IV1 plus, JE KA27, KA28, KW1 to KW16, PA20 to PA38, PA41 to PA80, PH10 to PH40, PH42 to PH50, TR21 to TR25 and ZE: For orders weighing less than 2kg standard charge applies. Where the weight of the order is 2kg to 10kg the carriage charge is £9.99. Where the weight of the order is over 10kg the delivery charge is £14.99
Orders to the Isle of Wight and Isle of Scilly: For orders weighing less than 2kg the standard charge applies. Where the weight of the order is 2kg and above the carriage charge is £14.99.
Republic of Ireland: For orders weighing less than 2kg the standard charge applies. Where the combined weight of the order is 2kg and above, the carriage contribution is £14.99.
Other EU countries: We can only deliver packet flower and vegetable seed to other EU countries. The delivery charge is £4.99 per order.
We reserve the right to contact you and advise an additional charge where necessary, and are happy to quote for carriage specific products to outlying areas.
Some very large items may not be available to all areas.
Indicates large/heavy items or boxed plants which incur a surcharge.
Prices include VAT where applicable.
We reserve the right to revise our delivery charges in the event of carrier price increases or other unforeseen circumstances. We will advise you of any increased carriage charges before payment is taken.
Bumblebee Villa and Colony plus Replacement Colony