Apiary

In October 2016 we commenced work on 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.

This involved felling some 140 mature Leylandii trees and replacing them with 1500 mixed native hedging whips donated by Time 4 Trees and The Woodland Trust.

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 apiary and meadow became fully functional in 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

Work began in Spring 2017 to plant the meadow site. The turf was stripped from the site and the site chain harrowed to level it and remove roots and stones. An annual seed mix was sown 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, Friends of the Earth and Burt’s Bees.

We would like to thank all our members and the Community Payback team and Supervisors who contributed to developing this project and Tesco Bags for Life for their donation towards the cost.