Shugborough Apiary – East wing under construction 2016

In 2016 the East Wing, formerly know as the “improvers end” was given a makeover. The area was leveled, there had been a slight hump planted with willows, weeded and dug over by hand. Initially a path was laid out down the centre of the area which was marked out with boards and then covered with weed control fabric and chippings. Later the area to the right of the path was similarly covered with fabric and chippings. The hive stands were set out with beautifully leveled slabs, guess who!

The nucleus stands were created and the area cleared. As you can see it looked wonderful. With regular maintenance it was kept in good order for about a year and a half, then the work in the walled garden was begun and maintenance became a problem.