BEE FRIENDED .16

 PROGRESS IN THE GARDEN 

 from start 

 to finish 

SECTIONS OF THE GARDEN: 

“THE WAGGLE WALL”

The waggle wall got its name from bees way of communicating to one another where nectar is to others in the hive, to do this they do an intricate waggle which shows the other bees the way to reach the nectar source.

We built the wall to reflect this movement the bees make. This is a great place of all kinds of insects and plants to thrive, the grass around the wall ( and in most of the quadrangle) will be left to grow wild, as it is much better for wildlife to have natural grass rather than cut. We uprooted a lot of weeds and got some plants too which have been planted in and around the wall. This will grow and become more mature over time, the older it gets the more attractive it is to pollinators and things that might live there.

“THE MOUND”

Name is self explanatory, this is where we planted most of the plants and flowers that we had sourced, it took a lot of work to move the excess soil to the large flower beds.

“THE TOAD TUB”

Since we found 3 toad in the garden we thought it would be a good idea to have an area where they & other animals can use as their habitat, with a slope to get in and out. I also plan on getting some shallow containers and adding stones to it so bees and insects can easily take a drink. 

“THE NETTLE NEST”

A place where we can just leave to grow, there are lots of rocks and old wood which lots of insects will like, however there is talk of some of the CAP students coming across and making sculptures from these old materials. 

“THE BEE HIVE”

the outside is painted yellow and black to represent the bee and the inside will be full of facts about bees, their importance, awareness and individual action that can be taken. 

I have also made a bee drinking bowl where i have painted a dish and some rocks from the garden and I will fill it with water so insects can land and take a drink, we can also add a little sugar to the water to help boost the bees. 

The objective of this project was to raise awareness of the environmental issues that are effecting bee populations and to provide a space within the university campus where students and visitors could learn about bees and demonstrate how easy it is to create a bee friendly space, in the most unlikely of places.

The impact we had on the space is remarkable and the wild flowers and plants will continue to provide habitat for bees and other wildlife alike.

 

 This project was in collaboration with Xanthe Bodington, Aberdeen city rangers and many  others who helped make this project possible.