Bee Aware !
I am finding it a little difficult to believe that already a week has passed since our wonderfully successful event dedicated to Bees was held here at Knoll on the 16th August! The event was organised by our associated charity the Knoll Gardens Foundation and was supported by many other organisations and individuals who generously gave of their time and expertise.
Richard from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Jane from the Dorset Wildlife Trust (above), took tours around the garden looking at the bees and delighted everyone with their knowledge and enthusiasm. The weather on the whole was kind and the bees were out in force. Our grateful thanks are due to so many people including the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Dorset Wildlife Trust, the East Dorset Beekeepers Association (and their amazing virtual hive!), the Friends of the Earth, and of course our own Foundation Volunters who provided tours, knowledge, enthusiasm and the essential teas and cakes!
There were mini talks and Q and A sessions with Richard, Jane and Neil (above), while Sam from the Wildlife Trust (below), spent much of his day showing people how to build their own bee houses.
We were delighted to have stands from two successful local businesses; Gold and Black Candles with their stylish beeswax candles, and Beeline Honey (@BEELINEHFC) and their mouthwatering honey, both of whom proved so popular with our visitors. Then of course there was the Knoll Gardens Foundation stand, manned by our volunteers and offering many tempting prizes from the tombola. All in all a very successful day and my thanks to everyone who helped or attended!