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Quince Honey Farm plants gardens and woodland specifically for bees

PUBLISHED: 09:50 03 April 2019

A beekeeper tending hives in the Sunflower meadow � The Maker Series.

A beekeeper tending hives in the Sunflower meadow � The Maker Series.

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Tourist attraction and honey producer Quince Honey Farm in South Molton, is one of Britain’s leading honey farms that was first established in 1949

Over the intervening years it has gone from strength to strength, with their 70th year being no exception as they embark on an exciting, bespoke relocation project, opening in April.

A major element of the new site is to create beautiful, landscaped gardens that will surround the buildings and make the most of the 54-acre farm land in which it’s situated.

They promise to be a wonderful feature just in themselves, with Head Gardener Pip Howard taking on this exciting job to work on the blank canvas. “It is the most interesting and challenging project I have come across in my career!”he says.

“Nothing comparable has been done for many, many years and working towards creating gardens that will become an exemplar for wildlife friendly, sustainable horticulture is a privilege.”

The brief Pip was given at the start, to only use bee-friendly plants, means that the new Quince Honey Farm gardens will have an exciting place in the natural world.

It will become the first known gardens and woodland in the UK planted specifically for bees. This ensures the site would become of considerable importance for research purposes.

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