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Green roof specialists help promote the power of pollinators

by Matt Downs

Wallbarn and nursery partner company Sedum Growers are playing their part in the organisation of this summer’s celebration of the life and work of the Rev Charles Butler, considered by many to be the father of English beekeeping, which takes place in the Hampshire village Wootton St Lawrence this August…

A picturesque Hampshire village will be the place to ‘bee’ later this summer when it celebrates the life and work of the Rev Charles Butler, considered by many to be the father of English beekeeping. 

The Rev Butler published The Feminine Monarchie, a book uncovering the world of bees, in Wootton St Lawrence near Basingstoke in 1623. To mark the date, the village will be a hive of activity for the Charles Butler 400th Anniversary Bee Fayre on August 19 & 20th.

Heavily involved in the weekend’s organisation is David Holloway, joint Managing Director of local company Sedum Growers, the nursery partner of modular green roofing manufacturer Wallbarn, which is also supporting the event. 

David said: “What makes Charles Butler stand out is his use of observations to record the craft of beekeeping and the sounds of honey bees. His book highlights how the hive hierarchy, the honeycomb geometry, bees and music reveal a divine order of nature. His legacy is still revered worldwide and his teachings remain an integral part of modern beekeeping. 

“The Bee Fayre is a celebration totell the whole bee story to our communities, providing education and a practical understanding of the importance of bees and pollinators in a sustainable biodiverse environment,” added David.

Wallbarn Director Julian Thurbin said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and very important event. It is a commemoration and celebration of a true visionary in the Rev Butler; and how current is it, given the amount of media attention now given to the vital role pollinators play in our food and flower production in the UK. Frankly speaking, we would not be able to eat without our tiny, fluffy friends. Nature is timeless and the Rev Butler’s book is as relevant today as it was on the day it was written.” 

Wootton St Lawrence church will play host to presentations, international speakers and performers, including leading early music vocal ensemble Stile Antico playing the Rev Butler’s own Bee Madrigal. Activities will also take place in the church meadows with specialists, beekeepers and stallholders attending.

www.charles-butler400.co.uk

www.wallbarn.com

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