If you keep bees, you will understand the need to have suitable food sources from the moment the bees leave the hive in the spring. Following some work with a customer who was creating a new fruit orchard and bee-friendly hedge project for ex-offenders' retraining, we produced [this table] of flowering periods for a wide range of plants that are attractive to bees. Plant a hedge with all of these in it and you'll have the happiest bees in the Parish.

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