New luxury hotel opens in Ferndown
Tuesday 9th August 2016
A brand new luxury hotel in a glorious garden setting was officially declared open on 2nd August when Dorset Wildlife Trust unveiled Knoll Gardens' new bee hotel.
The bee hotel was built by a previous trainee with DWT, Andy Fear, with the help of volunteers, and was installed as part of the Knoll Gardens Foundation's on-going work to research and promote wildlife friendly gardening. The unveiling took place on the same day as volunteers from DWT and Knoll undertook the latest garden wildlife survey as part of the DWT Great Heath project.
The bee hotel will provide much needed homes for solitary bees
Knoll's new bee hotel will provide much needed homes for solitary bees, whose numbers have been in decline in recent years through loss of habitat and safe nesting sites. While they do not produce honey or wax, they carry out a vital role in pollinating flowers, crops and trees, and are considerably more proficent than the better known honey bee.
There are 250 species of solitary bee in Britain
There are around 250 species of solitary bee in Britain, many of which live in our gardens. As the name suggests, they live alone, building induvidual nests in tunnels or holes in the ground. The new hotel will provide them, and many other insects, with instant accommodation.
DWT were delighted to be involved
Nicky Hoar from DWT's Great Heath Team said, "We were delighted to get involved in making a bee hotel for Knoll Gardens. We know from our wildlife surveys here that the gardens are home to many bees and other insects, so this is a great pleace to not only provide them with a little extra help but also to showcase what all of us can do in our gardens on a smaller scale."
"We would like to thank our volunteers, especially Andy Fear, who designed and made this exclusive and beautiful home for bees, and our Green Team volunteers who spent many hours cutting up bamboo to fill it! We hope that the bees and Knoll's many human visitors will enjoy it for many years to come."
We are building a real picture of the wildlife to be found in Knoll Gardens
Neil Lucas, a trustee of the Knoll Gardens Foundation said, "Dorset Wildlife Trust has supported us on a number of garden wildlife projects, including an annual garden survey. With its help we are now building a real picture of the wildlife to be found in the garden at Knoll and beginning to understand how best to support both resident and visiting birds and animals. The Knoll Gardens Foundation exists to help gardeners reduce the environmental impact of their plots and increase their appeal to wildlife. The more we can learn about the way our local flora and fauna interact, the better placed we will be to help other gardeners across the county."
Knoll Gardens is just outside Wimborne in east Dorset. The garden and award-winning nursery is open from 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday. For more information about Knoll Gardens, click here.
For more information about the Great Heath project, and find out how to get involved, click here.
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