Volunteers worked with artist Bruce Parker over three workdays to design and build the mosaic-style bee, which overlooks the busy A69. It is six metres tall with a wingspan of around eight metres and is made from the local whinstone rock characteristic of Hadrian’s wall, dolomite and white stone.
We own and manage the three-mile route from Haltwhistle to Rowfoot, which is on the long distance Pennine Cycle route 68 and part of the National Cycle Network. The traffic-free path is managed for wildlife, including adders, as well as a rich array of wildflowers, birds, butterflies and bees.
Our Greener Greenways officer Danny Morris said: “The Haltwhistle route is fantastic for wildflowers and pollinators so we wanted to make a bit of a statement about that and encourage people to explore the path. We are always looking for volunteers to help out on the path and it’s a great chance to get outside, learn new skills and meet new people. Recent activities have included a Himalayan balsam bashing session and a hedge laying workshop and next month we’ll be laying wildflowers around the bee. Please get in touch if you would like to join us!”