Asked what their favourite part of the day had been, attending the Pollination Party events at Wolf Fields in June, 120 primary school children unanimously answered “the bees!” Although the new queen, introduced to the beehives in May, didn’t survive the children were excited to learn about the hives from inside the new observation hide, installed by community members in May.
The community group have been busy over the last months, rain and sunshine has not only had the fruit and vegetables in the allotment springing up, but also the weeds across the site. We have been carefully managing the weeds, cutting them back where they are threatening to overwhelm the allotments, new orchard trees and hedge plants, but leaving some areas wild to promote biodiversity. Some plant species that have been identified at Wolf Fields in the wild areas include hedge woundwort, scarlet pimpernel and several species of speedwell.
The allotments are doing well; we have just harvested our first crop from the raspberry canes and currant bushes we planted back in February. The children at the Pollination Party were really excited to see this year’s strawberry crop growing in the allotment. But the allotments are not the only part of Wolf Fields bearing fruit. Apples have been spotted on more than one of the orchard trees and a lot of the new plants in the sensory garden have come in to flower since being planted in June, including the lavender and honeysuckle.
There is a lot more to do at Wolf Fields, the storytelling area and fire pit will be going in at the end of July and work on the pond is expected to start soon. If the rain stops for long enough we will begin painting a mural, designed by a local artist, on to the shipping container. We anticipate a busy summer at Wolf Fields!