Chipping in Bloom's 'Let's Bee Friendly' event aims to save our insects

PUBLISHED: 22:45 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 February 2013

Local youngsters log on for fun

Local youngsters log on for fun

The village of Chipping is proving to be a honeypot for people with a passion for bees<br/>Photography by Glynn Ward

There was a real buzz in the village when St Marys Community Centre hosted Chipping in Blooms Lets Bee Friendly event in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Societys National Gardening Week.

Everyone in the village was invited to see the tremendous amount of progress made on the Wildflower and Wildlife Conservation Project, which will form the centrepiece of Chippings bid for gold in this years Britain in Bloom competition. Villagers also had the opportunity to take part in lots of activities to do with bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

The day saw the official launch of the villages Front Garden Competition which has been sponsored by Barton Grange with the trophies on display for the first time.

Wendy Foot explained how to keep honey bees in your own garden and visitors watched a short film called Saving the Bumblebee. They were offered information about bee and butterfly-friendly plants that folk can plant themselves.

Barry Durham, chairman of Chipping in Bloom, gave advice on building a Pollinator Pad to bring bees and other friendly insects into the garden and Sue Harrison helped gardeners tell friend from foe when it comes to those creepy-crawlies

The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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