Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Planting for bees in our village

One house in our village has decided to take out the grass in front of their house and plant a nectar rich meadow area instead.  Penny and Dudley are well known in the village and actively involved in a number of environment related activities: Dudley is a biologist by training and now, retired, has become the local wildlife expert; Penny is a passionate gardener. Together, their vision is to try and encourage the entire village to make more environmental use of any patches of spare land to benefit pollinating insects.  Fabulous! The picture shows how thier front garden looks in May, about 8 weeks after planting this seed mix and a few of my plug plants to give it a boost.  The dry weather in March delayed germination and then the grim April delayed growth but it is now coming on well as you can tell be the green fuzz effect.

In parallel with their activity we have also been planting a range of nectar rich seed mixes at Rosybee which I will be tracking and comparing.

Anyway, "well done" to Penny and Dudley.