A bee village brings a buzz to Compton Verney Art Gallery - The Leamington Observer

A bee village brings a buzz to Compton Verney Art Gallery

Leamington Editorial 8th Aug, 2022   0

THERE is a real buzz around Compton Verney this summer with an exhibit of a more bug-tastic nature.

A bee village has been set up on the wildflower meadow in the grounds of the art gallery, with hundreds of bee hotels made in a collaborative project between artists from ArtLabs and Warwickshire Young Carers.

And it is hoped the bees will benefit from the nectar provided by the trees in the nearby Queens Green Canopy – a tree planting scheme that encourages everyone to plant a tree for the jubiliee.

The bee hotels have all been made using recycled materials from Compton Verney’s art installation “The Village” by Morag Myerscough.

Abigail Viner, Head of Exhibitions at Compton Verney, said:“It’s a really lovely project and the product of a fantastic community tie-up. The bee hotels and flowers made by the Warwickshire Young Carers look stunning in the grounds and are sure to be both hugely popular with all our visitors and an amazing addition to our Summer of Colour theme.”

While Teresa Bird, from Warwickshire Young Carers, said: “Warwickshire Young Carers gives young and unpaid carers support, assisting them in their caring roles with family members, while also enabling them to fulfil their own needs as individuals.

“Tree flowers are an important nectar source for solitary bees, which in return pollinate trees. Our youngsters decided to create these homes for bees who are vital to keeping our planet green.”

Libby Esler, from ArtLAB, added: “I have enjoyed collaborating with Compton Verney and young carers. The project has been enjoyable to work on from beginning to end. It’s so rewarding being part of a project that brings so much joy to so many individuals, especially children. The project has brought together many things that are at the crux of ArtLAB’s ethos -sustainability, supporting our community and making fun projects that everyone can enjoy. Compton Verney’s meadow is the perfect backdrop to accommodate the splash of colour that is this marvellous collaboration.”

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