A bee-friendly garden. Part 2: What a slagheap in Wales did for my bee plans

Neil Kingsnorth

16 April 2012

I’m just back from a lovely, chaotic family holiday in Wales in a beautiful cottage in the hills by Lake Vyrnwy (pronounced "vernwee"). There the trees are still only just waking up and, as yet, the bees are few and far between.

On the way home we visited the fantastic Centre for Alternative Technology, for a boost of inspiration. I recommend it highly. A few decades back a bunch of forward-thinkers transformed a Welsh slagheap in to a thriving community. Since then it’s been leading the way in developing new green thinking. It has an amazing centre for the public to visit, engage with, learn at and enjoy.

On top of that slagheap, their organic, wildlife-friendly food areas are already thriving. They have beehives too.

When I got home the tawny mining bees were still buzzing about my lawn and the wildflower seeds we planted for the bees a few weeks back were just starting their magical transformation from tiny dry specks in to flower-topped towers of colour and scent. The tiny seedlings are dotted all over the ground, full of potential and promise. 

And now of course, we’ve gone and launched The Bee Cause in all its glory.

It's all inspiration enough to get us to take the next step on our bee journey. My partner, who's allergic to wasps, is being tested to see if that allergy applies to bees too. If she's not, we're going on a bee-keeping course...

Neil Kingsnorth, Activism team

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