Group is buzzing as new site develops

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There is a hive of activity going on at plot sites in a county village.

Pegswood Allotment Association committee members have been busy over the last 12 months as various projects have been carried out.

Pegswood allotments'Peter Wood from UK Coal, parish councillor Alan Sambrook,Laura Waugh from Groundwork, association chairman Hughie Hislop, allotment holder Tot Keenan and Peter Millar from UK Coal at the grand opening.

Pegswood allotments'Peter Wood from UK Coal, parish councillor Alan Sambrook,Laura Waugh from Groundwork, association chairman Hughie Hislop, allotment holder Tot Keenan and Peter Millar from UK Coal at the grand opening.

The main one has been establishing a bee garden and the building of a 20ft by 8ft wooden cabin next to it that is being used for observation and educational purposes.

It has proved popular with some of the plot holders and after they received training, a Pegswood Allotment Beekeepers’ Association was set up.

Brian Ripley of the Alnwick and District Beekeepers’ Association visited the allotments and he gave the committee advice on the best location for the garden. An area next to some plants good for the production of honey and close to the Bothal Burn was chosen.

The Groundwork North East organisation contributed £2,000 towards the cost of labour and materials for it. Materials were also provided by the allotment association and some of its members assisted the Groundwork team.

A grant of £2,250 was provided by the Community Foundation Fund for a beekeeping starter pack, including five hives, and the association purchased five swarms of bees.

Pegswood Allotment Association secretary Bertie Sexton said: “We have received a lot of interest in the bee area from groups and individuals.

“I’m pleased that the garden and cabin are in place because this project was part of my five-year action plan for the association and the pollination will benefit gardens across the site.

“Members of the public are welcome to observe the bees and anyone keen on joining the beekeeping group can find out more at our one-stop shop in Station Cottages. We’ve also begun the process of getting school groups coming along to the cabin.”

Most of the £3,500 grant from Pegswood Parish Council was used for the cabin project and two Tannoy radios were purchased for the area.

In addition, a £9,500 high-quality waterless toilet has been installed near the entrance to the site, redundant fencing has been replaced, asbestos and rubbish have been removed and eyesore structures have been cleaned up.