Bee Lovely Petitions handed in
to Downing Street
We headed out from the office in Neal's Yard to Downing Street at lunchtime.
After passing security checks, the Bee Lovely team from Neal's Yard Remedies headed for the world's most famous glossy black front door.
We were met by a lovely policeman, Brian, who took us through the drill of handing in a petition to Downing Street.
Did you know that 10 Downing Street is probably the only front door in the world where people knock to come out? We didn't either.
Today, Monday 25th February, we had the privilege of handing in your petitions to 10 Downing Street, for the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Thank you to each and every 117,345 of you for signing our Bee Lovely petition, supporting the bees, and joining the call to ban deadly neonicotinoid pesticides. 117,345 is an amazing number, and really demonstrates how important this is to so many of you. Thank you for your support.
The timing couldn't be better too. Today is when the EU decide whether to stop using the neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam.
These three neonic' pesticides have been shown by the EFSA*, to be the cause of much of the damage to bee populations across Britain and Europe.
Here's how the day went:
After taking a few photos of the momentous occasion, we rapped gently on the wooden door, only to have Ben, the security officer inside, open it a crack and tell us "that's not a knock, do it again with the knocker this time". So we knocked again, with the knocker this time, loud and proud, the sound echoing around the empty street and spacious entrance hall.
This time Ben opened the door wide, and with a smile took our wicker box heavy with Bee Lovely petitions into 10 Downing Street, to be handed to the Prime Minister David Cameron.
What happens next?
Keep watching this pace, our facebook page or get up-to-the-minute bee news by following @SoilAssociation on Twitter, to see if our collective voices have been heard, and if these deadly pesticides have finally been banned.
And in the mean time, please keep supporting our precious bees by choosing organic, planting wild and organic flowers in your gardens, window sills, and any open space, and by supporting Bee Lovely projects. It's not too late to make a difference and Help Save the Bees.