Abuzz About Bees in Bosavern
Bosavern's Grow Wild project aims to create more awareness around the importance of the world's key pollinators... And they are off to a flying start (excuse the pun). Young people from St Just, near Bosavern, have been practising their creative bee designs, featuring a bee in a tutu, one with rainbow wings and another riding a bike on the way to his paper round!
Later this year local people will paint their designs onto a living wall mural which will feature on the side of a barn being converted into the farm's bee education centre, where beekeeping training and education workshops will eventually be held. Local artist Julia Kerrison is leading the mural part of the project, designing and overseeing the piece as the whole community gets involved.
"That's what attracted me to the project really, having everyone involved," she said.
"Children will be able to drive past in years to come and be able to say 'I painted that'."
Whilst young people have already taken part in workshops, Julia highlights the mural is something for everyone.
"We've had waitresses from the Dog and Rabbit café asking about 'the bee thing' – everyone in the community wants to be a part of it," she said.
"As part of the mural, everyone involved in the entire project will design their own bee as their own little signature."
The bee education centre is expected to be finished in October 2016, housing two observation hives which will become home to bees in spring next year.
Volunteers will also create a hexagonal herb garden and a wild flower garden as part of the venture to help educate people about the links between flowers, pollinators, food and people.
Bosavern's project leader said: "We're making it more exciting for people around here by including our Cornish black bees.
"Our bees have been a real success here over the last eighteen months and there aren't really any other farms in Cornwall that have bees as their main focus."
Anyone who would like to be involved with the project can contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the full photo album from Bosavern Community Farm on our Facebook page.