At Newhouse Farm over the last two years we have planted over an acre of wild flower meadows and managed the land to benefit nature.
We run social enterprises in the village to benefit our local community.
The Tywardreath Community Bee Hives are one of the projects we have supported to start at Newhouse Farm. The hives are sited here within the meadows and thanks mainly to the easy access they have to a pollen rich diverse habitat they produced a bumper harvest of over 80 jars of honey last Autumn.
Sadly at the same time next door in the churchyard a valuable wildlife haven was mistakenly mown by council contractors and our village hit the headlines about the damage caused to the wildflower habitat.
We would rather see our community had a more positive story to tell this year about all the wild flower habits we have created together. We want to encourage more local people to grow in the village more wildflowers and pollen rich flowers for bees and other pollinators.
- So we are buying seed to grow more wild flowers at Newhouse Farm, offering seed for sale through our community buying group at a discounted price and donating some seed to the gardening club for their activities in the village.
- We are helping the Tywardreath community bee group to increase their hives and hosting beekeeping events with them at Newhouse Farm.
- We have also successfully applied for grants and donations of wildflower seed and we have teamed up with Tywardreath Gardening Club to run events throughout the year to encourage local residents of all ages to get involved and grow more wildflowers.
One of the organisations who has donated wild flower seed to us is Grow Wild, which is an initiative of Kew Gardens to inspire people to do something positive where they live to transform areas into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches. We are giving these packets of seed to the playgroup and Tywardreath school to grow with the children.
Anyone can enter their selfie competition by sharing your sowing and growing progress on social media using the hashtag #grewitmyselfie to be in with a chance of winning a digital SLR camera and wildlife photography lesson! Find out more about this competition their website – https://www.growwilduk.com/content/join-conversation