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A challenging year – Bee keeping at Compton Verney.

An update from Rod Oates, volunteer bee keeper at Compton Verney:

Colony 1 honey stores Tanya Weaver July 2013

Rod inspecting the hive at Compton Verney

The four colonies of bees at Compton Verney wintered well and were in good shape in the early spring. However

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Big Sunday, this Sunday at Compton Verney

Interested in traditional crafts such as thatching, brick making and stone masonry? Maybe hand crafting things from easily found timber, or wood turning and weaving to create chairs for example? Well, Big Sunday, this Sunday at Compton Verney is the place to be!


Ice House Thatching c2011© Compton Verney/Gary Webb 2015

At Big Sunday you’ll have chance to have a go at some of the activities mentioned above, and hear from wise folk about bee keeping, butterflies, and the geology of Compton Verney. There’s even some traditional folk tales thrown in for good measure!

As always there will be plenty for the family to experience from butterfly walks and open air storytelling sessions to the popular woodland adventure playground.

I hope you’ll agree that this event in particular is an engaging one if you love historic buildings, estates and life that surrounds them.  Do join us for a one-day celebration of plant life, wildlife and traditional crafts. This Sunday from 11am – 5pm. #CVGrounds

Park Life! Big Sunday

14 June 2015

Bee Hive Theft – round two!

In early November, an isolated area of the grounds at Compton Verney received a visit from thieves in the night intent on removing, unbelievably, our two bee hives. A link at the bottom of the page describes that nocturnal visit, but this post is to bring news of a second visit where thieves aimed to remove the one remaining bee hive.


Compton Verney bees – second theft attempt (c) Compton Verney/Rod Oates

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A buzzy attraction during the Grounds Weekend

What a fantastic sunny weekend to host a Grounds Weekend. We had pretty much wall to wall sunshine – great news for both humans and bees.


Rod Oates, Beekeeping volunteer at Compton Verney

Fellow volunteer beekeeper Rod Oates was manning our bee display, which was set out near our hives, on Saturday June 29th and I came over on Sunday to Continue reading

Birds & Bees @ComptonVerney

Have you caught the whispers about a grounds event that is happening at Compton Verney this weekend? Arranged by our learning team, the event does I’m glad to say put our amazing landscape and garden firmly in the spotlight, with a specific focus on flying wildlife – or birds and bees to bee precise (last bee pun… maybee…you have been warned!)


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Bee Update – June 22 2013

Just under two months ago I wrote about our newly installed bee hives at Compton Verney. I’m glad to say the bees have not only settled in well but are positively thriving! Regular updates from Rod our volunteer beekeeper have kept me aware of progress, and the whole process is captivating I have to say. On a number of occasions I’ve Continue reading