The Cornish company behind the innovative bee brick has been shortlisted for ‘Best contribution to Cornwall’s ‘brand’ through sustainability’.
The bee brick is a simple way to provide habitat for solitary bees in new developments and is being implemented by the Duchy of Cornwall at Nansledan.
Made from concrete, using up to 70% waste material from the Cornish china clay industry in the mix, it is hoped the new building material could play an important part in halting the decline in pollinators and is included as a requirement for new builds in Cornwall Council’s biodiversity supplementary planning document, currently awaiting adoption.
“As winners of the sustainability award for best innovators in 2015, this feels like a recognition of the great steps we’ve taken since then.
“To be working with inspiring developments like Nansledan and to be affecting policy changes within planning regulations is beyond where we thought we’d be at this stage and a real sign that construction is ready to do more to protect habitats for our wildlife.”