FUNDRAISING DAY TO KEEP BEES BUSY

LOVERS of Britain’s native wildlife are being urged to wing their way to a fundraising open day in Hucknall at a special garden designed to encourage the dwindling honeybee population.

Leenside (Hucknall) Women’s Institute (WI), Beardall Street Primary School of Hucknall and Ashfield District Council joined forces to create the innovative plot at Titchfield Park in Hucknall.

It was in response to the National Federation of WIs launching its ‘Bee SOS’ campaign in 2009 to fund research into bee diseases and the effects of chemicals and pesticides on the creatures amid fears they were under threat.

Leenside, under former president Marian Shaw, decided to launch a garden packed with plants, from lavender and nettles to wild flowers, that would attract bees.

Ashfield Council became involved by making the site available and providing bulbs. Beardall Street School offered its services because it already has an allotment on the park. TV gardening expert John Stirland designed the garden and the Friends of Titchfield Park group donated three rose bushes with the name ‘Jam And Jerusalem’ as a tribute to WI members past and present.

Now, next Wednesday (June 1), Leenside members are holding a fundraising open day at the garden (11 am to 4 pm) to coincide with the school half-term break.

Money collected will go towards a memorial bench in honour of Mrs Shaw, who has died since the project was first suggested.

The garden can be accessed off Park Road by the entrance next to the old park-keeper’s house.

Attractions will include a children’s painting competition, a plant stall, raffle, tombola and card-making.

Jenny Holmes, of Leenside, said: “We hope the Hucknall public will visit and support the project.”