Holidaying bees help the fruit orchards bloom at Hadlow Estate

Farming Monthly National|May 2020

Holidaying bees help the fruit orchards bloom at Hadlow Estate
More than 680,000 bees are on a unique spring break at the Hadlow Estate in Kent, to help it get the very best from its fruit orchards.

As part of a managed pollination scheme described as a five-star working holiday for the bees, they're spending their time foraging 80 hectares of sumptuous apple and pear orchards at Hadlow Place Farm, which is located between Golden Green and Tudeley. Crucial to the success of the annual harvest is the cross-pollination of the flowers on the trees, and this is where the bees have a very important role to play in helping to generate thousands of tonnes of fruit each year. Beekeeper Sergio Pignagnoli brings 34 of his hives to the farm and places them around the orchards, before the bees get to work. The project has been running for many years.

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