The garden was buzzing this weekend when over 100 local residents gathered to learn about bees.
Local beekeepers Tim and Sally Hutchinson from Bee Happy Products gave a fascinating interactive talk on bee keeping and the vital role bees play in pollinating our seeds, nuts, berries and fruits.
Richard from Shepperton said: “It was really interesting to see the bees in the observation hive and hear about the process of beekeeping. The honey was really tasty too”.
The session also covered some of the challenges facing the UK’s bee population.
Tim explained that Bee Happy Products take some of their bees to Kent every year to help pollinate the fruits in that region, due to declining local bee populations.
Younger visitors enjoyed a wide range of arts and craft activities including wood carving with sculpt-it.co.uk, painting the raised vegetable beds with wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk (children’s murals) and making bee homes for their own gardens.
As well as the bee products to sample there was also home-made produce using herbs from the garden. Jake, age 10 said: “The cheese and rosemary scones taste really good. They are delicious.”
Lorraine, local mum from Sunbury said: “We are very lucky to have the Spelthorne Community Garden. I have learned so much today. Events like this are a great way to bring the community together to learn more about the natural world.”
The free event, which took place on Saturday afternoon was organised by the community garden volunteers in association with Spelthorne Borough Council and supported by Adrian Hall Garden Centre who kindly donated bee friendly wild flower seeds for everyone to take home and grow in their gardens.
Clare, a community garden volunteer added: “Bees play such a vital role in nature. We wanted to give families a chance to learn more about the bees and to find out how they could do their bit to encourage the declining bee population. We plan to hold similar events in the very near future.”
A very big thank you to the many lovely people who helped out; donating their time, ideas, items etc. The event wouldn’t have happened without them!!!!
Sally and Tim Hutchinson Bee Happy Products for the interactive bee talk
Spelthorne Borough Council for supporting the event and community garden
Adrian Hall Garden Centre, Feltham for the free bee friendly wildflower seeds and general support
Ruth Wheeler Sculpt-it for the children’s arts and crafts – wood carving, bee hotels
Rebecca Morton Wonderwall Designs (Murals) - for the children’s arts and crafts – decorating the raised beds
Hawkedale School and Sunshine Nursery – various ongoing support
Conkers Forest School – various ongoing support
Alan P Landscaping 07974 169228 – various donations
SDH Fire Protection – Helping with the arts and crafts
Martin Dorey Home Refurbishment & Decoration 07771394810 – building raised beds, helping out on the day.
NPG Property Services – Nigel 07792 349721 – various