Apiary

We have commenced the creation of a new Club apiary on a 2.2 acre site, contained in an 11 acre garden and woodland area, close to the centre of Lancaster.

The completed project will include:

  • a fully serviced club house incorporating a large meeting room, kitchen, toilets and store
  • a large apiary
  • a half acre wildflower meadow.

The site should be functional by the start of the 2017 season and completed by the end of 2017.

Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - Before
Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - Before
Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - Before

The site for the new club house before, during work and completed.

Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - After
Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - After
Lune Valley Bee Keepers Apiary - After

The new apiary site, before and after and the site for new wildflower meadow.

Creating the Apiary meadow

To clear the site we sought permission to clear fell 135 mature Leylandii trees and replace them with hundreds of mixed native hedge whips donated by Time 4 Trees and The Woodland Trust.

Work began in Spring 2017 to plant the meadow site.The turf was striped from the site and the site was chained harrowed to level the area and remove roots and stones. We planted an Annual mix as a nurse cover for a Perennial mix of native wild flowers rich in nectar and pollen to benefit pollinators and other wildlife. Many of the seeds were gathered locally from our pollinator sites, additional seed was supplied by Emorsgate.

We would like to thank all our members and the Community Payback team and Supervisors who contributed to developing this project. This project was funded by Tesco Bags for life. We would like to thank Friends of the Earth and Burt’s Bees for seed used on the hive areas.