Northants Bee Keepers Association

Northamptonshire Beekeepers' Association (NBKA) Registered Charity No. 295593


Northants Bee Keepers Association

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Northants Bee Keepers Association

A member organisation representing beekeepers in the County of Northamptonshire

Bee-Lines (A selection from our quarterly magazine)

August 2015

The Changing Landscape


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 developed.


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 beekeeping arena.


Whilst Barratt Homes lead today may be other developers on site will swiftly follow tomorrow.


David White,