A GIANT bee has landed in Cheshire with an important mission.

No, we aren't pollen your leg, the 40ft bee made of straw and split wood has been erected at Snugburys Ice Cream on Chester Road, Nantwich.

We has been coated in a natural black dye to give him his iconic stripes.

Chester and District Standard:

Image: Snugburys Ice Cream

On social media, Snugburys said: "We had an unprecedented amount of requests for our next straw feature, and this one was such an obvious pick for us. As a certified organic farm we do our best to enhance the farms environment for the local wildlife. We heard some terrible statistics about bees, for example did you know one third of the UK's bee population has disappeared in the last decade."

"We wanted to do our bit and help these little fellas out. We have teamed up with @bumblebeeconservationtrust and every chocolate honeycomb piece bought in our shop we will be donating 50p, helping them to keep up their great work of protecting our bees! They really are the bee's knees."

Since being established in 1986, the Snugburys business has grown from ice cream being sold from the kitchen window of a farmhouse to one of the region's most popular attractions.

Now run by sisters Hannah, Kitty and Cleo the business attracts 300,000 visitors a year and has scooped several industry awards.

Past straw structures have included a Dalek and Peter Rabbit.