The site was obtained in 2008, cleared of scrub by hand and laid out with paths, hedges, a wild flower meadow, fruit trees, lawn and bee hives using voluntary labour and materials initially paid for by BuzzWorks Association Hitchin.
An Awards-for-All grant of £9,993 was obtained in November 2010 for shed bases and four sheds, a pond liner and pond plants, and a sensory garden that could be deferred if costs rose.
No allowance could be made within the grant limit for upgrading standard sheds for public use and fitting out the sheds to make them fit for purpose as a training and information centre for beekeeping. Sufficient local grants and donations were therefore obtained during the course of the year for necessary upgrading that needed to be incorporated while the sheds were being erected (increasing internal height and strengthening roofs; adding porches; ceilings and roof insulation; external and internal decoration). A HCC Locality Grant of £1,000 has enabled the social space between the two Training Sheds to be paved and roofed. Completing internal fitting out (Kitchen, Office/Club Room, Workshop, Exhibition on Beekeeping) and planting the Sensory Garden will depend on further funding. A Toilet Shed can now be built with a further HCC grant, for use by visitors and allotment gardeners, and a pre-existing private shed should be taken over for use as the Association’s Tool Shed.
HoneyWorks now meets the aims for a beekeeping centre and community garden. It is intended to complete its full development by end November 2012 with help from a second National Lottery ‘Awards-for-All’ grant.
|Bee Shed with added porch and water tank|
|Site for future Sensory Garden|