Published: Thursday, 2nd May 2024

‘Bee Friendly Warwick’ is organising a weekend of activities to celebrate ‘World Bee Day’ and launch their #Plant4Pollinators campaign.

Bee Friendly Warwick is inviting everyone to a full weekend of ‘bee-themed’ activities at both Hill Close Gardens and Guys Cliffe Walled Garden over the weekend of 18th and 19th May.

Bee Friendly Warwick will also be launching their #Plant4Pollinators campaign which is asking all local residents to plant at least one pollinator-friendly plant in 2024. Lots of bee-friendly plants will be on sale, and they hope people will sign up to get involved!

Bee Friendly Warwick will be hosting the event at Hill Close Gardens and you can drop in for lots of free children’s activities including making a seed bomb or bee home, painting some rocks, going on a treasure trail or joining them on an ‘Is it a Bee?’ Safari.

Bee Friendly Kenilworth & Leamington will be hosting the event at Guys Cliffe Walled Gardens and will also be running a treasure trail, alongside face painting and storytime with the bees. Children are welcome to come along in fancy dress!

At Hill Close Gardens you can find out more about a local ‘Reptile’ rescue centre and meet a few of their animals. Not quite bees, but more part of the insect food chain! There will also be a ‘local traders’ market with lots of hand-made crafts, gifts, and bee-themed products on sale.

The whole site will also be decorated with knitted bee-themed creations from the ‘Wolly Wonders’ knitting group who have also donated some amazing prizes for our raffle. Raffle tickets cost just £1 on the day for a chance to win some great prizes donated by our ‘market traders’ plus a gin-tasting session from Warwickshire Gin.

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Sara Lever, Chair, Bee Friendly Warwick, said: "We are hoping lots of people will join us at our Big Bee Weekend, which we are excited to be running across two sites this year, both at Hill Close Gardens and Guys Gliffe Walled Garden.

"We have different activities at each venue, so we hope people will drop into both sites over the weekend. Everyone is welcome to come along anytime from 11am-4pm to enjoy our free children’s activities, browse our information stalls; buy some honey, gifts, or plants from our stalls, and enjoy the refreshments available throughout!"

Across both locations, Leamington & Warwick Beekeepers will be offering the chance to spot a queen and buy some honey! There will also be lots of information stalls with the chance to chat to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the Warwickshire Butterfly Conservation Group and learn more about Warwick District Council’s Biodiversity Action Plan and see a collection of amazing photographs by local insect photographer and citizen scientist, Sabina George.

Janette Eslick, Volunteer, Bee Friendly Warwick, said: "Our #Plant4Pollinators campaign is all about encouraging local residents to plant a bee-friendly plant this year to help build up a network of pollinator-friendly habitats across the district.

"At our Bee Weekend, you can choose your bee-friendly plant and then tell us where you are going to plant it, so we can build up a map of those ‘taking action for bees’ this year! Or you can register your interest on our website."

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