One of our wildflower meadows at Slade House Farm is now home to 40,000 honey bees and to keep both them and unknowing passers-by from treading on each other’s toes, last Wednesday we built a willow fence with the help of a fantastic group of volunteers.
We used willow from our willowbeds at Trow Farm and under the expert eye of Jonathan, one of our Gardeners, we spent the day making a sturdy fence and hurdle gate. Jenifer, our resident beekeeper, joined us to introduce us to Betty the queen bee and some of her family and explain just what it takes for us to enjoy a teaspoon of honey.
And of course there was also time to meet some donkeys and give out a few back scratches and nose rubs.
Hopefully the day will inspire people to help us build more willow structures around the Sanctuary, and use our willow to carry out their own projects at home.
Our volunteers are so important in helping us complete projects like this - we simply couldn’t do them without their hard work and enthusiasm. So a big thank you to Pat, Bryan, Mike, Anthony, Will, Rachel, Kim and Kaz.