All entries for June 2010
June 29, 2010
Just to remind you that next weekend, 3&4th July is Warwickshire Artsweek and the meadow is part of that event. If you would like to meet us, Wendy and I will be on site from 10:00am to 3:00pm both days and from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Tuesday 6th July.
We have some willow so if you want to try your hand at skep making come and give it a go. We also expect Roger Wilkes who is responsible for one of the bee hives on site to attend on Sunday, so he is your man if you have bee related questions. The WI have given us some interesting leaflets about saving bees with some yummy recipes for bee related food (that is foods pollinated or made by bees, not foods made from bees!)
Local resident June from Galliard has very kindly distributed leaflets about the event and how to keep safe around bees, so thank you very much June and look forward to seeing you at the weekend.
The only sad thing is that we are still waiting to hear from the Council where we can place the sculpture so there is a question mark over whether it will be up or not. So, fingers crossed.
Wendy and I thought you might like to know that the Tocil Bee Habitat Project is now officially part of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
Wendy and I wrote informing them of the project and asking how to get involved with the IYB and they said that our project was brilliant and that we were in. They have asked for photos and are putting a piece on their website later this week – the piece includes all work relating to the honey bee.
So, go and have a look on www.biodiversityislife.net
(But leave it until next week)
June 21, 2010
I forgot to mention last week that there is now a page on the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust website that is devoted to our Bee Habitat Project. Below is the link.
Peter Thorne from the Wildlife Trust has been an enormous help to us, with advice, equipment and enthusiasm. Our working parties wouldn’t have happened without his support so it is great to see that the Trust is also promoting the meadow.
Talking of the meadow, it is currently a field of thistles. Wendy and I noticed that the whole area is covered in them. They are good for bees (which is great), but once they flower and spread their seed there will be even more next year. So, hard work will be needed to remove them. The wildflower seed we planted is trying hard to push up underneath but will have to work hard.
Despite that, we did notice some beautiful wild orchids in the meadow. The good thing is that as the seeds were so late into the ground, there is a good chance they may still be flowering when term starts in the autumn. It would be great if those that put in the work to plant the meadow could actually see them flowering.
But, despite all that, we did plant seeds for this year and next, so if we get to grips with the nettles, next year should flower on time and well.
June 14, 2010
What amazing coverage we had from our press launch.
There was a fantastic two page spread in the Warwickshire Telegraph with fabulous quotes from Dr David Chandler saying how important Environmental Art is to help science get its message across to a wider audience. There were articles also in the Leamington Courier, and the Coventry Observer and when I opened the Leamington Observer yesterday were was another article with pictures of myself, Wendy and Pranay Subedi who will lead the project next term.
We are currently waiting to hear back from the Woodland Trust about where we can place the sculpture, and once that is sorted we can dig the hole what will hold the sculpture in place.
If you want to look at the latest press article go to www.leamingtonobserver.co.uk and the article is headed ‘Making a beeline for the university’.