We are delighted to annouce that we have been awarded a Gold accolade for the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme for 2019/2020! We have also been given the 'Honey Bee Friendly' park status! We are always trying to find ways of supporting the local environment and wildlife, and we are really pleased to continue to receive this recognition from the David Bellamy scheme.
To further our support for wildlife, we have recently teamed up with a local company who sell packets of seeds. Here is some further information about this new venture and how you can get involved!
‘Roselyn’ is a business set up by Ruth and her husband Will, in an effort to supply products which benefit the environment and local wildlife. They have produced small packets of Phacelia tanacetafolia, a plant which Will has been growing this on his farm over the past few years and has first hand experience of how this benefits bees and other pollinators. The packets contain a generous quantity of seed allowing you to grow a patch in your garden or wild flower meadow.
What is Phacelia Tanacetafolia?
Phaceila is a plant originally from North America but now widely grown in UK and EU agriculture to provide a food source for pollinating insects and to improve soil health. It is related to forget-me-not and borage.
How does it help bees?
The plant is extremely beneficial for bees and many insects, as it flowers for a long period of time and produces a large quantity of high quality nectar. This means the bees and other insects have a reliable source of food throughout the season, helping the bees develop strong colonies.
Is it easy to grow?
Yes, Phacelia is an easy to grow plant and a very attractive addition to the garden due to it’s striking lilac flowers and long flowering season. All it needs it’s scattering onto lightly worked soil, raking and watering in. Phacelia will self seed, providing a fresh supply of flowers year after year. Phacelia can also be used for cut flowers to add a lovely touch of lilac to your home.
Once the Phacelia has stopped flowering, it can be cut; if the cuttings are left in place, as they decay they will slowly release nutrients and provide an excellent supply of organic matter for the soil.
Where can I get Phacelia Tanacetafolia?
The packs of Phacelia are available now at reception at Hillside Caravan Park & Meadow Lodges! E-mail orders can also be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like any other information on Phacelia or other plants which can help pollinators, please contact email@example.com and Ruth and Will are happy to help!