Father's Day at Petersham Nurseries

Father’s Day children’s event at Petersham Nurseries 16th June 2019

Create a mini bee-nursery – special event for dads and children

Sunday 16th June 2019, from 11am until 3.45pm

A fun, educational and hands on father and child activity especially for Father’s Day. Create a miniature bee-nursery for solitary bees to encourage bees into your garden. These are 45-minute pre-bookable workshops from 11am.

The price for the workshop for one adult with up to two children (additional child is £10 payable on the day) is £35.

This includes the materials for one bee-nursery, although they ask for participants to bring a 500 ml plastic bottle, homemade lemonade, water and biscuits plus a flower spotter sheet, factsheet and a packet of bee friendly wildflower seeds.

There are four 45-minute workshops from 11am until 3pm at Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB. Spaces are limited so people are encouraged to book as soon as possible.

The Solitary Bee

Once in the garden, the solitary bee will lay eggs in the nursery, before leaving her offspring to hatch alone. She provides each of them with a food ball of pollen and nectar and separates each egg within its own compartment of the home. When ready, they break their way out and as many as 30 little bees might be born from one season in the bee nursery.  A recent study from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, has highlighted that a third of British wild bees are in decline. The scientists behind the study highlight that if current trends continue, some species will be lost from Britain altogether.

Habitat loss is the main reason for the decline, along with the use of insecticides and climate change. Growing patches of wild flowers and weeds can encourage pollinating insects like bees, something Environment Trust urges people to do in their gardens.

Berny Simcox, CEO of Environment Trust says, “We’re delighted to partner with Petersham Nurseries to host this fantastic workshop on Father’s Day. The declining bee population is something we can all help stop by planting bee friendly plants in the garden and creating things like a bee-nursery. We look forward to seeing lots of Dads and children having a fun day out and doing their bit to protect bees.