Bee work recognised internationally

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International recognition has been given to Leighton’s creation of bee friendly habitats.

The town features as part of an international book and photographic exhibition called Nature’s Keepers supported by Friends of the Earth International that highights nature champions across 13 countries including Georgia, Norway, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain and Germany.

The book was launched in Belgium on Thursday.

Victoria Harvey of South Beds Friends of the Earth, who spoke at the launch, said: “Leighton-Linslade Town Council with the support of our MP, Andrew Selous, local residents , local shops, South Beds Friends of the Earth, the Greensand Trust and Anglia in Bloom are demonstrating that being serious about saving our bees and wildlife is not a matter of just planting one wildflower meadow but creating a whole network of habitats across the town.

“We have lost 50 percent of our wildlife globally, according to a recent report by WWF.

“Nature’s Keepers celebrates those people at the local level in countries such as Germany, Norway , Georgia and Spain who have made a real difference to saving our natural heritage for our children and grandchildren.”