Oaklands Apiary Pollinator Project

We are excited to be collaborating with Affinity Water, Oaklands College and St Albans Bee Keepers to make the Oaklands Apiary even more pollinator friendly!

Since altering the mowing schedule to leave the grass long during Summer 2021, the apiary has turned into a pollinator paradise! Species including ragwort, borage, cow parsley, buttercups, forget-me-nots and vetch have now had a chance to bloom.

Our plan is to plant a 100m native hedge along the sunny side of the fence bordering the carpark

The Affinity Water Save 10 a day campaign has resulted in St Albans residents now using 700,000 fewer litres of water every day – a fantastic outcome, saving water from our precious chalk stream and simultaneously decreasing carbon emissions (mainly by cutting down on the energy used to heat hot water). As a thank you to residents for making the campaign such a success, Affinity Water is now generously donating the trees for our hedge, which will be sequestering approximately 150kg of carbon per month, lowering our city’s carbon footprint even further.

Funding from Affinity Water will pay for 420 saplings as well as the canes and spirals needed to protect them, all sourced from the Woodland Trust. We will be planting a mix of trees that are particularly good for pollinators including blackthorn, goat willow, crab apple, rowan, hazel and dog rose (The ‘Plant for Pollinators’ tree pack).

The apiary is home to a beautiful old orchard which we would love to underplant with water tolerant native Spring bulbs in the Autumn. Leaving the grass long this Summer will already have helped the trees by supporting insects which can fight against disease.