New bee-garden is a hive of activity

BEE QUEENS -- Leenside WI members Maureen Newton, Judy Gow and Cecilia Poxon at the open day
BEE QUEENS -- Leenside WI members Maureen Newton, Judy Gow and Cecilia Poxon at the open day
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AN OPEN day at a wildlife garden in Titchfield Park, Hucknall can rightly be described as being the bee’s knees.

The garden, which is packed with plants, has been created to encourage native bees, under threat from pollution and pressures on the environment.

Leenside (Hucknall) Women’s Institute (WI) is behind the project, which was launched in response to the decision by the National Federation of WIs to start the ‘Bee SOS’ campaign to fund research into why the bee population is dwindling.

In April last year, the Hucknall garden took shape with the help of the town’s Beardall Street Primary School, Ashfield District Council and TV gardening expert John Stirland, who came up with the design.

To celebrate the success of the project, Leenside WI arranged the open day, which was combined with fundraising.

Attractions included a display of bee-inspired posters, created by Beardall youngsters.

There was also a raffle, tombola and demonstrations of card-making by Leenside member Judy Gow.

In total, £130 was raised. This will go into the bee-garden fund, which will also pay towards a memorial bench in memory of former Leenside president Marian Shaw. She was integral in the decision to create the garden but has died since the project began.

Sandra Green, a member of Leenside, said: “The day was excellent and the weather was very kind to us.

“Bees seem to like the garden and several could be spotted enjoying the plants.”

Perhaps she should have declared that the event was a HIVE of activity!