Planning a 'wildlife roundabout'
Earlier in the year, we contacted contractors for the new Aire Valley road scheme in Keighley, Howard Civil Engineering, with a suggestion for the reorganised Hard Ings roundabout to be sown with wildlife friendly plants attractive to bees and other pollinators. We thought the site presented an ideal opportunity to create an attractive flowering meadow for passing motorists and pedestrians to enjoy.
In October, John Peet and Jane Denney put together proposals for suitable planting and met with Bradford MDC. At a site meeting before the current lockdown it was agreed in principle that the roundabout will be planted for pollinators next spring and also that no weedkillers or pesticides will be used in the project, to optimise the success of pollinating insects.
John Peet says: “We are delighted that the Council has given such positive feedback on our plan for a wildflower meadow and perennial planting for the central border. We are hoping that next year the roundabout could grow to be a really interesting and attractive feature for Keighley as well as a valuable resource for the natural environment.”
See this story in the Keighley News.
Jane Denney meets with Roger Scales of Bradford MDC at a site meeting at the Hard Ings Roundabout in October 2020
An award for Cliffe Castle
We are pleased to report that our ongoing collaboration with Cliffe Castle has helped the museum to win a 'Bees Knees' award this year.
See this story in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Dates for the diary
Beekeeping during COVID-19
Regrettably, we had to postpone all our 2020 talks, events and training due to the ongoing pandemic. ABKA members have continued to pursue our own individual beekeeping activities whilst following the current Government advice on social distancing. We are hopeful of resuming activities - either in person or on Zoom - in the New Year.