Giant bee mural appears along route 68

Sustrans volunteers created a bee mural

Our volunteers created a bee mural alongside route 68 and overlooking the A69. PHOTO: Hexham Courant

19 February 2019

Our volunteers have created a giant bee on the embankment of cycle and walking route 68 to highlight the path’s importance for wildlife.

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!”

Our team would like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer on the Haltwhistle path in a wide variety of wildlife conservation and maintenance projects. Check out Sustrans North East on Facebook to find out about more upcoming events or contact Danny Morris on email: [email protected]