Morfa Gateway project featured as part of the BBC Britain in Bloom episode in Prestatyn.

We are very pleased the BBC selected us as One of the Three projects in our home town.

You can also watch the programme on YouTube.

Filming was carried out during the summer of 2018. At the project and across Prestatyn.

Filming at morfa gateway with Health and safety Exciting BBC Britain in Bloom 2019
BBC Britain in Bloom Presenter Chris Bavin with Prestatyn High School students.

We are so pleased that so many community groups and organisations were included.

The original concept was a joint effort by @NWPPrestatyn@healthyPrest, & @ArtisanWales supported by @DenbshireCside & @DCCHousing with support from the Greggs foundation.

Some of the hundreds of positive comments we have received.

“Just been watching the Britain in Bloom. What a fantastic job you all did to achieve so much in such a short time frame. Well done to each and everyone of you involved. — celebrating this special day.

Inspirational well done all of you.

Once again local people doing the work well done to these people who are making the town look good.

You should all be SO proud. Fantastic result.

Fabulous programme so glad I live in Prestatyn.

They did so well so lucky to live here.

Fabulous programme makes me proud to live here.

Well done volunteers, did Prestatyn proud.

It was fab!

It was a lovely programme.

Well done all of you keeping Prestatyn blooming good luck with your continued success.

Some people work their hearts out for Prestatyn. Salute.

Just watched it. Fabulous and well done everybody!”.

There has been hundreds of fantastic positive comments on social media.

Since the episode was filmed we are delighted that we have secured support for 2019 from Grow Wild.

Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew).

The programme takes Kew’s message outside the walls of our two botanic gardens, reaching new and different audiences.

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, and through private and public contributions.

Through Grow Wild, Kew is inspiring millions of people to grow as a group, get active, learn about and engage with nature, and give back through volunteering. All of which can improve health and wellbeing, as well as urban and unloved spaces across the UK.

Grow Wild plays an integral part of Kew’s strategic priorities helping to create and deliver an outstanding outreach proposition, which will help Kew achieve its vision of a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them.

On Friday 17th May as part of the Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival 2019 Maria Golightly – Wales Engagement Manager for Grow Wild will be leading a walk in the Coed Y Morfa area.

Maria Grow Wild Wales Walk

From Mass Media to Solitary Bees.

We have had a busy week preparing for introduction of habitats for Solitary bees. A nice guide here from Grow Wild.

One of our solitary bee hives
One of the Three different types of bee homes we are utilising on site.

As seen on BBC Springwatch April 2018.

Award Winning Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box from Nurturing Nature.
Award Winning Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box from Nurturing Nature. Installed by Denbighshire Countryside Service.

Project partners Denbighshire Countryside Service have installed a Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box alongside the gateway inside the community allotments in Prestatyn.

Designed for the health and safety of bees, easy to clean and manage, nesting units easily slide in and out of the nest box.

Each unit is hand assembled and hand painted, with a built-in cocoon emergence/storage unit, two removable shutters over two observation windows.

You can study the bees at work, explore and observe other aspects of their ecology. Then take the complete nesting unit indoors for research and viewing.

Ideal for researchers, schools, wildlife gardeners and nature reserves. They allow for ‘hands-on science’ lessons making it more enjoyable when teaching children about the life cycle of solitary bees without having to dress up and wear protection from stings! Albeit that can be fun!

The third type of solitary bee nest.
The Third type of solitary bee nest we are installing.

In the coming week we have another willow weaving session at The Old Library. These are proving to be so popular, we will be holding some more over the summer period.

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