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They don’t just produce honey – bees help ensure we get almost one-third of the food we eat.

Did you know, for example, they pollinate 90 per cent of the British apple crop?

Worryingly, beekeepers across the area are reporting a further decline in honeybee colonies during 2012 – something that has been happening for at least the past five years.

The honeybee is a vital part of our environment and our economy – and you can play a significant role in helping to halt its decline.

Today’s Lincolnshire Free Press contains a coupon for a free packet of bee-friendly flower seeds. Redeem it at your local Anglia Co-operative foodstores at Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, or The Burghley Centre, Bourne, and plant the seeds in your garden.

You can also buy additional packets of seeds at 99p each.

You’ll be helping to provide a vital food source for the honeybee. Beekeeper Richard Davies, a committee member with the Peterborough and District Beekeepers Association (PDBKA), urges Free Press readers to get planting.

He says: “Poor weather in 2012 made it a very difficult year for honeybees. Numbers have declined again as a result – something that has been going on for five years or more.

“You can help by planting the bee-friendly flower seeds and providing an ongoing variety of flowers.

“The thinking is that a variety of sources of nectar is better for bees – for example, if we ate only meat and potatoes it would be bad for us.

“We’re hoping for better days in 2013 – last year beekeepers had to feed their bees with sugar syrup because flowers weren’t producing enough nectar.

“Bees seemed to be dying of starvation.”

The flower seed giveaway is part of Anglia Co-operative’s Keep the Hive Alive campaign. It has raised thousands of pounds to further the work of the PDBKA and has helped to educate hundreds of schoolchildren in the importance of the honeybee by hosting free school visits to its own working hives in Peterborough.

Head of marketing and PR, Jill Basson, said: “We need the honeybee and our campaign is designed to spread this message to as many people as possible.

“We hope Lincolnshire Free Press readers will do their bit by planting their free seeds.”

And as a ‘thank you’ for claiming and planting your free seeds, you can save £6 the next time you spend £40 at the Anglia Co-operative stores in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, and The Burghley Centre, Bourne, by using the special offer coupon on this page.