Barochreal has a buzz to it

Nigel Mitchell at Barochreal and the hive from Poland. He built a bee shelter for six of the hive, more are out in the garden.

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Barochreal at Kilninver opened its garden without appointment this weekend in celebration of bees.

As part of the national Big Bee Challenge Weekend, Toni and Nigel Mitchell opened their garden gates wide welcoming people to come and see for themselves why their place is such a des res for the buzzy little creatures.

Delightful Barochreal, which also has its own red squirrel colony, is part of the yellow signposted Open Garden Scheme.

The pollen paradise is not just home to squirrels and all sorts of beautiful flowers, plants and trees – it also has eight hives – including one from Poland, a colourful hand painted hive that is top-range in the world of bee accommodation because it is insulated making it nice and cosy for its residents.

Toni Mitchell in the rose garden at Barochreal, a blooming great place for bees.
Busy bees at Barochreal

Fascinating facts: A hive can have up to 50,000 bees, boy bees can not sting because they have big bottoms and a single bee in its lifetime produces just one teaspoon of honey.

If you would like to visit Barochreal to enjoy the gardens, meet the bees and find out more about its history – once a village that existed long before Oban – call 01852 316151.