It’s National Gardening Week and what better way to celebrate it than building your very own bee hotel! Bees are important for our environment, so why not provide them a place to stay when they’re not buzzing about?
What you’ll need:
- 1 x 5L outdoor wood paint (we used 5 Year Ducksback Silver Copse™)
- 1 x rough sawn wood pallet
- 1 x hand saw
- 3 x flat head nails
- Sandpaper/ flexible sanding pad
- 2 x 2” paint brush
- Collection of straw, pine cones, hessian, jute, natural dried grasses, cut bamboo etc.
- Fine mesh chicken wire
- 8-10 metal pins
- Wire clippers
- Fixing bracket, drill and screws
What to do:
Step 1: Saw off the end of the pallet using a hand saw.
Step 2: Lever off one of the planks from the discarded pallet and nail to the back of the cut section creating an open fronted box with 2 long slots.
Step 3: Lightly sand the pallet then paint with 2 coats of Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback in your favourite colour. Make sure you dust off after sanding with a clean brush. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Once dry fill each slot with natural materials.
Step 5: Cut a length of chicken wire to cover the open front and hammer in small staples to keep in place. Trim to size. Fix bracket to the back, hang off a fence and wait for the bugs to set up home in their new bug hotel.