Step back in time to when school children travelled by train to Magdalen College,
when Brackley had two railway stations, Town station serviced by the Banbury (Merton
Street) to Buckingham, Bletchley and Cambridge route and the Central station serviced
by the Manchester (London Road) main line through Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester
and Aylesbury to London Marylebone; the last main line to be built and sadly the
first to close under the axe of Dr Beeching in the 1960’s.
The then viaduct to the south was dismantled, now a housing and industrial estate
Until recently one of the landmarks was the huge pile of tree trunks just to the
north of the former Brackley Central station the woodyard of Brackley Saw Mills a
well known and respected timber merchant in the county. Now a huge swathe of green
belt to the north of the town has disappeared under diggers, earth movers, cranes
and lorries with contract vehicles continuously on the move to and from the development
with the balance of nature severely disturbed.
As part of their pollinator initiative between BBKA and Barratt Homes Developments
bee friendly plants have been sown in the gardens of the new estate to revitalise
and encourage the return of the insect world to the area. Of course once the estate
is fully occupied we expect that the owners will do their bit to maintain and encourage
the continuity of bee attractive plants.
So it was pleasing to accept an invitation and go along to their onsite sales office
with an observation hive and explain the merits and benefits of the role of honeybees
in the UK today. Pupils from Southfields Primary academy found the session both interesting
and informative and all went home with a small jar of “Northamptonshire honey”, hopefully
some of today’s youngsters may at sometime in the future continue our work in the
Whilst Barratt Homes lead today may be other developers on site will swiftly follow