Busy as our bees - and a jubilee date with the Queen

The Bee Spoke project funded by the People’s Millions is most definitely under way!

The free Beginner’s Beekeeping courses, arranged by Bee Credible, started on Saturday, March 10, and are open to Todmorden residents on a first come first served basis.

For more information email bee.credible.bees@gmail.com or call Judy on 01706 810 753

IET and Todmorden in Bloom have been working over the winter getting the town ready for a serious splash of colour with bee-friendly gardens and exciting artwork.

A living Bee Spoke sculpture made of wood and willow, designed and made by local artist Weston Hammond, will soon be installed on the canal opposite Fielden wharf.

Over the coming months, colourful bird, bat and butterfly boxes will be appearing near the station, flowering, fruiting and living gardens will be sprouting up all over town and art will be popping up along the Green Route, a family-friendly trail.

The aim is for us all to be able to learn about the wonder of bees and other pollinators in the natural life cycle of our landscape, provide natural and artistic beauty in previously unloved or un-celebrated spots, bring children, families and visitors together to explore our town in a new way and continue to give Todmorden a little something extra that will attract people to our town.

All will be launched in a fantastic community event, open to everyone, the Pollination Parade by the Todmorden-based Hand-made Parade team.

They’ll lead the town on a trail around the Green Route on June 4, ending at the Todmorden Tea - a party at the market for everyone.

We’ve received an invite for afternoon tea at Holyrood House with HRH the Queen to celebrate all the diamond jubilee projects.

Shirley and Alan Fielder will represent the Todmorden project.

Mary Clear said: “When the reality of running a voting campaign like Bee Spoke sank in, Shirley and Alan got behind the project and pulled out all the stops to find costumes, wings and all things bees.

“Not only that, Shirley is glamorous and will look incredible with a palace backdrop.”