Volunteer Viv Barclay making her first hive inspection.

Thousands of newcomers to Bentham are settling in nicely, thanks to a £750 Champion Bowland grant - plus £250 from the local Riverside Caravan Park and a £175 donation from an Ilkley resident.

The new arrivals are black bees brought to Bentham by Mat Young of Enable Disability who has set up Bentham Buzzy Bees. They and their queen bee are living in woodland and already exploring the area.

Local people have raised money buying packs of wildflower seeds for planting to attract bees that fly three to six miles for pollen.

Mat, along with volunteers, is learning beekeeping skills to be shared with community and disabled groups. The plan is to build up to 29 hives.

Mat said: “We have so much appreciated Champion Bowland’s support in getting our project started.”

A Selection of Projects we have funded

New Trustee joins Champion Bowland

Mark Sutcliffe, a former student of the Royal Grammar School who now heads Salar Media Services is the latest recruit to Champion Bowland. Mark began his...

Our new badges!

Available from our sustainable tourism providers in the Forest of Bowland. Get them whilst you can!

Thornley Community Hub

Volunteers conversting derelict Thornley School into a community hub are on track to open later this year thanks to a grant from Champion Bowland. The £ 750...

Busy Buzzy Bees

Thousands of newcomers to Bentham are settling in nicely, thanks to a £750 Champion Bowland grant - plus £250 from the local Riverside Caravan Park and a £175...

Keasden Head Farm : Outdoor Classroom

Champion Bowland have awarded a grant to an upland farm towards developing an outdoor classroom on the farm.  

Lune Valley Swifts

Swifts are one of the delights of summer but they are in decline nationally with estimates that their population has declined by a half over the last twenty...

Lancashire Best Kept Village

The organisers of this competition received a grant to purchase a digital projector and screen which they will use to assist in the training of their judges...

Bleasdale Bird Hide

The bird hide near Bleasdale Cottages was originally built ten years ago with support from the AONB's sustainable development fund. Owners Robert and Anne...

Bolton by Bowland Heritage Trail

The village of Bolton by Bowland have recently been busy putting together a new Heritage Trail booklet for the area. Champion Bowland was pleased to be able...

Pollinator Patches

Lancaster Beekeepers have been busy creating pollinator patches around the villages of Caton and Hornby, and at the Crook of Lune. The patches are usually...

Dunsop village green shelter

  Mrs Amanda Parker JP, High Sheriff of Lancashire officially opened a shelter on the village green at Dunsop Bridge on Thursday 14th January 2016....

Hurst Green Church Goes Wild

The Church Goes Wild project at St John's church in Hurst Green has bought a moth trap with funds from Champion Bowland.   Church Goes Wild is a...

A Day in the Life of Bentham 2015

The Friends of Bentham Station approached Champion Bowland for a grant to help re run a project cataloguing life in Bentham using public photographers. The...

Friends of Beacon Fell Hay Meadow

The Friends of Beacon Fell are a group of volunteers who support activity and conservation works at this important country park in the south west of the...

Knowle Green Churchyard Railings


Chipping Walks Book

  “15 Circular Walks Around Chipping” takes you along the footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes that surround this attractive village.  The...

AONB/RSPB Schools' Outreach Project

During the school year 2010-11, skilled teachers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have delivered a project for 11 primary schools in...

Chipping In Bloom

‘Chipping in Bloom’ began in 2008 and its main objective is to create lasting improvements to the village for the benefit of residents, workers and...

Scorton Flower Festival

This event featured local wildflowers and information about the Forest of Bowland AONB. The Festival was a great success, attracting many visitors and now a...

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Landmark Trees

Ash dieback. Increasing storms bringing down centuries old Beech trees. Service providers damaging roots of our street trees. The threats to our landmark trees have never been greater.We want to plant the next generation of Landmark Trees in Bowland for future generations. This 'visitor-giving' project aims to work with local businesses, visitors and residents . READ MORE about how you can take part and nominate your 'Landmark' Tree. 
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PHOTO: Our FIRST Landmark Tree: The Seafood Pub Company’s Nina Finn plants the first sapling for Champion Bowland’s Landmark Trees initiative outside the Assheton Arms in Downham – watched by (from left to right): Sandra Silk, Paul Reynolds, Issie Kenyon, Robin Gray, Lady Clitheroe, Mike Pugh and Hetty Byrne.

Downham launch 01 M Sutcliffe

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