Bees in Christchurch, Dorset

We’ve had a busy few weeks in Christchurch, Dorset, giving some TLC, reduction and some felling to 40 oak trees which hadn’t been maintained for many years.   We had one surprise, though….

One of the trunks was hollow as it was full of honey!   A colony of bees had nested in it, so with the help of the local Bee Society, we needed to move them to a new home.  They had to be smoked out at night but leaving the Queen in the tree.  We then carefully felled the tree and moved it, the Queen and the honey to its new home, with the worker bees following the lorry with the Queen.

The local Bee Society were just delighted we hadn’t simply felled the tree and rendered the colony homeless… But no responsible tree surgeon would do that, surely?

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