Secrets of bee-ing friendly in Fernhurst garden


AN AWARD-winning ‘bee-friendly’ garden showed members of Fernhurst Horticultural Society what they can do to encourage bees.

They were invited to visit James and Alexandra Leaton’s garden in the village which included a talk on bee-keeping by Hilary Hayward.

The garden included a bank of wild and garden flowers, hedges of native species which gave shelter and attracted more insects, a wild area and a pond providing water for everything. Hanging baskets and a mass of containers brought the garden right up to the house and there was nectar available from February to November.

Hilary explained the life-cycle of the bee, the choice of a queen, the importance of workers and drones and how essential they were for the existence of humans. Her observation panel full of bees fascinated everyone.