Thank you to BBC Countryfile Magazine featuring The National Apple Festival on their list of best harvest festivals!
Brogdale Collections Charity are looking for a new trustee to work with us and join the board of trustees.
Brogdale Collections work as a charity to help the public access the National Fruit Collection by working to provide guided orchard tours, special education days aimed at Key stage 1 & 2 school groups, our new educational weather station and special event days.
The five hives at Brogdale are doing extraordinarily well and we have made 20lbs of Brogdale Honey, now available from our shop in the Brogdale marketplace!
Having arrived as nuclei (small bee colonies) in early April, all of the colonies have built rapidly – despite the variable weather – and we have even extracted our first honey. Although the harvest was not huge, it was important to extract what we could, as the bees had been foraging on oil seed rape, the honey from which crystallizes in the combs very fast.
Your support has helped us improve access to the orchards. Brogdale Collections aims to help all members of the public access and learn about the National Fruit Collection.
A new and innovative Bees conservation and education project is being introduced at Brogdale Collections, to prevent the decline of this very important species of wildlife.