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Rescued honeybees move in at Heswall day centre

A hive of honeybees caused a ‘storm’ in June of last year after high winds brought down their home in a large tree – obstructing a road and footpath.

A year on, the bees are now settled at Dale Farm, which provides adults with disabilities and mental health needs opportunities to learn life skills through horticulture and bee keeping.

Day-to-day activities include planting and growing organic fruit and vegetables and bee keeping. The produce is then sold in the farm’s shop including their award-winning honey.

Council contractors received an emergency call just after 7am on 14 June 2018 to remove the fallen tree on Telegraph Road, Heswall but work was quickly halted after workers noticed the hive.

Man Coed have worked with Wirral Council for more than five years, offering emergency response services to any tree related issues, ensuring that trees are kept safe and out of the way of vehicles and pedestrians.

Ben Llewellyn from Man Coed, Wirral Council’s arborist contractors, said: ‘As we began removing the tree, we noticed lots of bees flying around and then a swarm of honeybees stung one of our guys a couple of times.

‘We retreated to the van and contacted the council who gave us the number for Mark Diggory at Dale Farm - a local not-for-profit organisation that offers a day service for adults with disabilities and support for adults with mental health needs.

‘He calmed the bees down using a special treatment and set about moving them to one of his hives at Dale Farm.’

The farm is also home to a national environmental award-winning recycling project that processes and composts ready-to-use manure. The products are sold and delivered to homes across the Wirral as garden compost.

Dale Farm is just one facility provided by Wirral Evolutions across the borough. To find out more, visit wirralevolutions.org.