Maddie Moate Bee Friendly Trust

We are super excited to reveal a new bee-friendly collaboration that we’ve been working on.

The Bee Friendly Skep Project is a celebration of bees, British art and craftsmanship, and team spirit. Its purpose: To highlight the need to create new habitats where bees and other pollinators can thrive.

We invited five female artists (Sarah Hoyle, Hattie Gordon, Alice Baker, Esther Rushton, Lucy Caddel and the award-winning TV presenter Maddie Moate to paint a terracotta skep (aka traditional bee hive).

The result is a wonderfully colourful and uplifting exhibition, which goes on display at the National Trust’s Attingham Park in Shropshire, today!

Each skep was handmade by the super talented Fabio Bernardi of Puro Ceramics and we’re grateful for the support of the Arts Council in helping to make this project happen.

To celebrate the launch of The Bee Friendly Skep Project, we’ve got a whole Bank Holiday of fun planned at Attingham Park…

  1. Paint your own bee home to take home for wildlife in your garden to enjoy
  2. Draw a bee to join our Bee Bunting colony
  3. Search for the Queen Bee within the hive
  4. Watch Shropshire artist Lucy Caddel paint her skep LIVE!
  5. Treat yourself to some bee-inspired goodies in our popular BeeDome

We’ll also be sharing tips on creating wildlife-friendly spaces. Come and say hello.

If you can’t make it this weekend, the exhibition will be on display at Attingham until the end of August when it will be hitting the road and travelling around the UK.