Nectar for the bees

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Hi everyone, we had a great day at Colin Allotments on Saturday. The snow had finally relented to let us get on with some exciting work. We started by putting up our new ‘squirrel proof’ bird feeders. We were lucky to receive funding from Northern Ireland Environment Agency administered by Northern Ireland Environment link this year which allowed us to purchase the feeders and food. We have some very clever and greedy grey squirrels up at the project so let’s see how squirrel proof these RSPB feeders really are!

Then we continued to develop our new wild flower meadow throughout the newly planted community orchard. We have a heavy clay soil so we purchased some great wild flower plug plants suited to clay soils from The Conservation Volunteers. These were planted up by our community volunteers and the award for best effort goes to the Getting’s cousins. They were really hard workers but were able to tell Grand Dad, Dad and me when they done enough. Thanks girls!

Hopefully we’ll have a species rich and nectar rich wild flower meadow this summer for our bees that will help us pollinate our fruit trees in the same area. Thanks again to NIEA and NIEL for providing the funding

We planted a great mix of wild flowers including some with great names:

Ragged Robin, Ox Eye Daisy, Birds Foot Trefoil, Goats Bird, Ribwort Plantain, Greater Hawkbit, Great Burnet and Wild Red Clover.

Stay posted for updates!

Let the sun shine.

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