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.
The plan is to plant a 100m native hedge along the sunny side of the fence bordering the carpark. Species will include blackthorn, goat willow, crab apple, rowan, hazel and dog rose, from the ‘Plant for Pollinators’ Woodland Trust 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.