Wroughton Brownies help to create ‘bee bombs’ at Burderop Park

Wroughton Brownies help to create ‘bee bombs’ at Burderop Park

City & Country, the developer of Burderop Park near Wroughton, recently invited members of the 3rd Wroughton Brownies to the site to help create ‘bee bombs’ – seeds compressed into balls of soil which when ‘thrown’ and planted, help to attract pollinating insects.

Joined by members of City & Country, the group of 18 girls aged 6-8 spent time constructing the bee bombs, first mixing soil and clay together, sprinkling in the wildflower seeds and with a little water, shaping the mixture in small spheres. The Brownies then scattered their creations around an area of woodland within Burderop Park to help attract bees and other pollinating insects.

After the bee bombs were thrown, they enjoyed some refreshments and finished their session with a number of games and team exercises on the green space opposite the sales suite.

In just 10 years the UK has lost a third of its bees, according to Greenpeace, and not only are bees vital to the economy in the country, worth around £690m every year [1], but without pollinating insects, our diets would become severely restricted, affecting our health.

Last year, a global study found that since 1990, a quarter of all bee species known to science, totalling around 20000 – have not been seen, despite improvements and expansions in monitoring efforts, highlighting the importance of events such as these within communities.

Lee Fraser, from City & Country, said: “We loved hosting the Brownies and let’s hope their bombs encourage many more bees to set up home at Burderop Park. Increasing biodiversity and raising awareness of these important issues is really important to us, and it’s crucial that we teach young people about them. We look forward to watching the wildflowers grow and will keep the Brownies updated with the progress.”

Stephanie Brewer, Lead Brownie for the Wroughton group added: “We love getting out and about during our meetings and all the girls of 3rd Wroughton Brownies had great fun mixing the soil and seeds for the Bee bombs. These sorts of activities give the Brownies the opportunity to interact together in a relaxed and fun way, gaining skills and confidence. A big thank you to City & Country for letting us be part of their local community initiative.”

Located on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, within the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and five miles from Swindon, Burderop Park is an exclusive collection of just 58, thoughtfully designed homes located in the grounds of the striking Grade II Listed Burderop Manor.

Phase 2 at Burderop Park has now launched, with three and four bedroom homes priced from £425,000 to £850,000*. For more information and to book a viewing of the show home, call 01793 351 409.


[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/world-bee-day-2022-uk-extinct-b2083535.html

*Price correct at time of publication August 2022