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Explore bee-friendly gardens

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Bee on the alliums at Hidcote, Gloucestershire | © National Trust Images/Sarah Davis

Bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees alike can't resist a plot rich in pollen and nectar. Many of the gardens we care for are planted with these busy pollinators in mind and are full of blossoming trees and herbaceous borders. Here's our pick of the most bee-friendly gardens for you to visit.

Acorn Bank, Cumbria
The orchard at Acorn Bank has a collection of more than 100 local apple varieties which create a feast for bees when they blossom. Look out for the beehives at the top of the orchard – these were established by Penrith Beekeepers, who use them to teach beekeeping skills.Visit Acorn Bank
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Attingham's Walled Garden and orchard once provided the Berwick family with a constant supply of fruit, flowers, vegetables and honey. They're still home to the Attingham bees – spot them hard at work in the observation hive and head into the Kitchen Garden to see the Grade II-listed Georgian bee house.Visit Attingham Park
Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire
Beningbrough’s flower gardens are home to several varieties of bee, including red-tailed and buff-tailed bumblebees. Take a wander past the beehive by the south border to spot the busy residents buzzing among the flowers.Visit Beningbrough Hall
Chartwell, Kent
Beekeeping has been a part of Chartwell since Sir Winston Churchill started the tradition here. There are six beehives in the private orchard, looked after by trained volunteers who harvest the surplus honey. Watch buzzing bees along the Golden Rose Avenue in summer – the catmint is irresistible to them.Visit Chartwell
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Stroll around the orchard in the walled Kitchen Garden at Clumber and look out for the beehives hidden among the trees and blossom. The orchards have over 58 local varieties of apples which attract bees and other pollinators.Visit Clumber Park
Visitor on buggy exploring the walled garden at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Visitor on buggy exploring the walled garden at Attingham Park | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
Stroll among the carpets of bluebells, crocuses and daffodils as they greet the first bees emerging after winter. In summer, 4 acres of flood meadow come alive with wild flowers that attract a variety of pollinators.Visit Colby Woodland Garden
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
Between spring’s cherry blossom and summer’s lavender, Felbrigg’s bees have plenty of pollen to get stuck into. Keep an eye out for them humming away in The Bacchus Garden, which supports pollinators all year round with its seasonal blooms.Visit Felbrigg Hall
Hare Hill, Cheshire
The tranquil Walled Garden at Hare Hill is full of buzzing bees. When you visit you'll see that the garden is planted with predominantly white flowers, including unusual varieties of iris, poppy, coneflower, lupin and phlox. The bees definitely have a favourite plant though – the white catmint.Visit Hare Hill
Hughenden, Buckinghamshire
When Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli lived here, Hughenden had beehives to help the walled garden and orchard produce more fruit and veg. Our volunteer beekeepers keep that tradition alive today, while the garden team care for the varieties of old rose that Mary Ann Disraeli planted in the parterre – an ideal source of nectar for the bees.Visit Hughenden
Killerton, Devon
As a West Country estate, Killerton has many acres of traditional orchard which help produce its award-winning cider. Watch bees savouring the apple blossom in spring or pop in over summer to see the wildflower meadows buzzing with pollinators.Visit Killerton
Colourful garden beds edged with purple lavender lead the eye to a brick and stone bothy
The Walled Garden at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole
Oxburgh Estate, Norfolk
Listen out for the gentle hum of bees as they go from flower to flower at Oxburgh Hall. You'll find many buzzing around the orchard thanks to the long wildflower meadow and herbaceous border.Visit Oxburgh Estate
Speke Hall, Liverpool
Spot a variety of bees in Speke Hall's gardens, including cuckoo bees, honeybees and wild bees. Many of them reside in the hives near the Kitchen Garden, making the most of the blossom and wild flowers here.Visit Speke Hall
Tredegar House, Newport
The Orchard Garden at Tredegar is the largest of the three gardens and hosts a range of bee-friendly plants and flowers. Wander through the Laundry Garden in the Home Farm, filled with lavender and hydrangea plants, and see if you can spot the rare brown-banded carder bee.Visit Tredegar House
Trengwainton, Cornwall
There are colonies of bees all over Trengwainton – including in the restored Victorian bee house and the private beehives. The gardeners care for the Kitchen Garden with bees in mind, planting flowers and vegetables side by side. They even feed the colonies a sugar solution over winter, to support them during the cold months.Visit Trengwainton
Wordsworth House and Garden, Cumbria
The walled heritage garden at Wordsworth House has been specially designed to offer bees a year-round haven. The gardeners here grow pollen-rich, old-fashioned varieties that would have been recognised in the Georgian period. This very rich habitat means there is an unusually high number of bee varieties.Visit Wordsworth House
Evening visitors take their dogs into the Laburnum Arch at Bodnant Garden, North Wales

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