There’s nothing quite like the sound of bees buzzing in a summer garden. It’s an oddly relaxed sound, given that bees are so industrious. With more and more gardeners becoming interested in developing a garden environment for wildlife and bees, Great Fosters Garden in Surrey is running a day dedicated to these important polinators.

Great Fosters is one of the most important arts & crafts gardens in Europe and the gardens are not generally open to the public as the estate is run as a hotel. However, enthusiastic gardeners are encouraged to apply to volunteer to work in the gardens if they’d like to learn more.

The ‘Meet the Bees’ lunch event is hosted by Estate Manager Russell Dixon, who has over 25 years experience of working for the estate.

Participants will be able to go in small groups to visit the estate hives and learn more about how the hives are maintained and how the bees contribute to the estate’s eco system. You’ll also be able to walk around the beautiful grounds and soak up the unique atmosphere.

This lovely event is perfect for any gardener considering keeping bees in their own garden, or for those interested in planting flowers and shrubs that attract bees and polinators.

Places are limited to 12 so apply soon if you are interested. Places cost £75 per person and should be booked with the estate. See the information page here.

All bee keeping equipment and suits will be provided but attendees should wear long sleeved tops, trousers, sensible shoes and avoid using perfume or aftershave or drinking alcohol before the guided bee tour.

For full information on Great Fosters and their events see the website here.