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Big Bee Challenge

The Big Bee Challenge is Radio 2’s brand new competition for kids, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.



It’s a fun and creative way to learn more about bees and other insects that help provide much of the food we eat, and are essential for a healthy environment.


If you are between the ages of 6 and 12, they want you to design a bright, buzzy garden that will attract bees and other pollinating insects. The winner’s design will be built by the RHS at an NHS Trust site which is used by children and young people with mental health needs.


The lucky winner will be invited to open the garden at an outside broadcast of The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday 20 August 2021! You will meet loads of guests, receive a professional illustration of your garden design and go home with a box of goodies to help turn your own outside space into a wonderland for bees.


Each shortlisted finalist will also receive an array of bee themed goodies.


It's super simple to enter. Download the garden design entry form and paint, sketch or draw a gorgeous garden.


Think about the plants that bees love. Remember bees also get thirsty and they need a safe place to rest and lay their eggs. And don’t forget to include a place for hospital patients, staff and visitors to sit (humans!). Then write 3-5 sentences telling us more about your design and why you want to help the bees


You will find more tips on this website and hear lots of inspirational ideas on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show


Click here to find out how to enter.


Entries can be made from Monday 7 June 2021 and the closing date is 6pm on Monday 5 July 2021.