Bee Friendly Together

If you’re concerned about the plight of bees, why not follow or join in with our Bee Friendly gardening activities?

Creating a buzz in the village

Gardening activities have expanded greatly since the work to provide an insect friendly area at Jubilee Corner was completed in 2010. Our sites now include Polehampton Corner, Twyford library, Stanlake planter, planter at Bell Corner, the Millennium flowerbed/border in the Parish burial ground at St Mary’s church, the wildflower area in King George’s Field and the Twinning Association Garden at the former Polehampton Boys’ School (see below for details of these and other projects). If you’d like to get involved or have an idea, please get in touch. We’d love to have more help!

Re-wilding King George’s Field

Twyford Together has a small team of volunteers who are rewilding areas of King George’s Field in collaboration with Twyford Parish Council.  Look out for ox eye daisy, red clover, cuckoo flower, birds foot trefoil, red campion, bluebells, tufted vetch, scabious, orange hawkweed and crocus tomasinia .

Encouraging pollinators in Stanlake Meadow

Twyford Together volunteers are working on this area with Twyford Parish Council and keeping biodiversity records. Already, new butterfly species have been recorded in this patch. A tree planting day is planned for later this year following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign by Rebecca Howard with the support of Twyford Parish Council.

Loddon Hall Flower bed

Our bee friendly volunteers planted this in spring 2020.

Twinning Association Garden

The old Polehampton school flower beds were improved in July 2018 to celebrate Twyford’s twinning with the French town, Cuincy.  Some plants were brought back from Cuincy and planted. Nick Barnes from Treetop Landscapes provided shrubs and mulch, Andrew Cardy from Riverways provided fertilizer and the work was done by Twyford cubs, our TIB team, Twyford Twinning Association and Renate and her boys.

Flower bed in Tesco Alleyway

This project was part funded by Tesco Bags of Help Thames Valley, created by Ruscombe Design and Build Ltd, planted by Treetop Landscapes and coordinated by Twyford Together (Jul 2017)

Fruit Trees for Schools

This project aims to engage children in fruit growing by giving them the opportunity to plant their very own trees on school premises. The children are able to monitor the trees’ growth, record their progress and will eventually be able to pick and eat the produce straight from source. The trees (pear, apple, plum and cherry were kindly donated by Treetop Landscapes and the planting which took place in Sep 2016, was supervised by the Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association. 

#BeeFriendlyTogether at the Donkey Derby

Bee Friendly Together’ cotton tote bags were handed out in Jun 2019 at Donkey Derby. Attached to each bag was a delightful top tip to help residents bring back the bees (written by the children from Polehampton Junior School and Charvil Piggott Primary School). The bags were sponsored by two bee friendly businesses in RG10: Hare Hatch Sheeplands and Binghams Brewery, designed by Julian Clark Creative Ltd – Freelance Graphic Design & Art Direction and produced by Ideal Branding. Other activities at the TT stall included a bee friendly plant and homemade, beeswax lip balm & soy candle sale, eco tombola (showcasing £600 worth of products recommended by Twyford Together Facebook followers and donated by companies) and a guess the number of bags in an eco brick competition (the prize is a £65 family ticket for The Eden Project). 

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