BEES have descended on a Chester shopping centre – as part of an eco-friendly campaign.

To mark the launch of Chester Grosvenor Shopping Centre’s #BEEfriendlyCHESTER initiative, a giant queen bee landed in the centre recently.

To help raise local awareness of the plight of the humble honeybee, Grosvenor’s Queen Bee landed and free flower seed confetti was handed out to shoppers.

The shopping centre aims to make Chester the most bee-friendly city in the UK by encouraging shoppers, businesses and residents to sign up to the #beethechange pledge at

A series of family-friendly events are running throughout the summer holidays at the centre every day until September 1, educating shoppers and city visitors on the country’s worrying decline in wild bees.

Shoppers are invited to take part in live hive workshops; scuttlebee kids play zone, honeycomb ball pit, bee-friendly reading zone and local beekeepers education demonstrations to learn about the bees and their remarkable contribution to our environment.

A specially commissioned giant 6ft bee sculpture by local artist, Faith Bebbington, is also located in the heart of the shopping centre and surrounded by flowers created by local schools Boughton Heath Academy, Barrow Primary and Mill View Primary schools.

Julie Webb, Grosvenor Shopping Centre manager, said of the event: “Our Grosvenor Queen Bee is creating a real buzz helping raise awareness of the worrying decline in the UK’s wild bee population.

"She will be here all summer and we hope our bee-themed activities planned throughout the summer will be equally fun and educational for visitors to the centre.”

Visit for more information and to find out easy ways to support bees, from what plants, to creating your own garden hive.

Visitors are also invited to sign the pledge to agree to 'bee-friendly', with a chance to win prizes.