An open day in Tictchfield Park, Hucknall at a wildlife garden can easily be described as the bee’s knees. The garden was created to encourage native bees that have been threatened with pollution and environmental pressures to visit the area that is packed with plants.
Leenside Women’s Institute (WI) is supporting the project that was launched because of the decision by the National Federation of WI’s to begin the Bee SOS campaign to fund research to find out why the population of bees is dwindling.
The Hucknall garden took shape last year in April with the help of Beardall Street Primary School, TV gardening expert John Stirland who designed it and the Ashfield District Council.
To celebrate its success the Leenside WI arranged for the open day as a combined fundraiser. There were attractions like bee-inspired posters that Beardall children created. There also was a raffle, demonstrations of card making and tombola. In all £130 was raised to go into the bee-garden fund to help pay for the memorial bench in memory of Leenside president Marian Shaw.