You may have heard the exciting news that we’ve once again received the David Bellamy Gold Conservation award. For those of you who don’t know, here is a bit about the award scheme from the website:
“The variety of work being done by these parks is phenomenal – from the creation of new wildlife meadows and woodlands to the construction of solar-powered shower blocks and energy-efficient lodges made out of recycled plastic, parks are active across the country.
How are the awards judged?
The parks that take part in the scheme are all regularly assessed by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to:
- Manage their land as a haven for wildlife
- Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources
- Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce
- Support their local communities”
We have recently joined the ranks of other “Honey Bee Pledge Parks” in an effort to do what we can to help preserve the bee population in Britain. We’ll keep you updated as we receive newsletters with tips on what you can do to help us make Old Hall the bees knees. (Sorry…couldn’t resist!)
One thing you can do is to have planter boxes around your holiday home that are full of nectar rich plants. Now is the time to plant bulbs that will flower in spring provided much needed nourishment for queen bumblebees emerging from hibernation. Here are some fabulous tips from gardener’s world on how to make your autumn garden bee friendly. Some recommended plants are crocus, snake’s head fritillary, alliums and grape hyacinth.
Stay tuned for more tips on bee friendly gardening practises!