WI Bee garden is a swarming success attracting many visitors

Leenside WI Bee garden
Leenside WI Bee garden

A National bee shortage might not seem like a disaster but their role within nature is significant.

So ladies from Leenside (Hucknall) WI flew into action back in 2010 following a WI resolution a year earlier to tackle the issue.

Four years later and the WI Bee Garden at Hucknall’s Titchfield Park is looking wonderful and doing what it is meant to be doing-attracting bees.

“We were given a neglected part of the park behind the bowling green by Ashfield District Council,” explained Judy Gow who leads the WI gardening team. “And thanks to the support of the park’s groundsmen, council’s garden architectand volunteers, we managed to create a wonderful area full of flowers.

The WI team have just added a bee hive to the garden after encountering a beekeeper and asking for her help.

“Glenis Swift has set us up our first hive and hopefully honey will be on the menu in the future,” added Judy.

Youngsters from neighbouring Broomhill School have also been involved in the garden setting up raised beds where they have planted herbs and vegetables.

“It is a real community effort and is a wonderful place to visit,” added WI member, Jenny Holmes. “The garden has been a huge success and it is very satisfying seeing it do what it is meant to do.”

The garden is open to visitors by appointment but will be accessible during the Family Fun Day to be held on 13th August in Titchfield Park.

“We will be happy to show visitors around the garden during this special event or check our new notice board, which will soon be erected in the garden, for other opening times,” added Jenny.