Being a rural town, Bishop’s Castle is understandably concerned about protecting bees and boosting their numbers. Someone who knew all about these issues, acted on them, and proved the effectiveness of organic food production over 100 years ago was Sir Albert Howard who was born and brought up on a farm in Bishop’s Castle in the 1870’s.
Albert Howard was a first rate scientist and hands-on agriculturalist, who went on to become one of the most inspirational and influential figures in the organic movement. He was very clear about the importance of working with nature and not against her. Fundamental to all pest control methods and abundant harvests, is the fertility of the soil and rotation of crops planted. Healthy soil produces healthy plants.
Albert demonstrated, in a 30 year study, that healthy plants grown in healthy organic soil have a measurable impact on human health and wellbeing.
Sir Albert’s approach, which involves putting back into the soil the same amount of organic matter taken out, provides a model of sustainable farming which is highly relevant to us today. He made a link between human health and how our food is grown that is only now becoming properly understood and accepted.
We can all play our part in keeping this crucial natural cycle going. We must care about the whole cycle of growing and cropping, including soil health, and the health of pollinators and predators.
Bishop’s Castle Bee Cafés
Bees and other pollinators are really struggling because of the loss of flower-rich grasslands and the use of harmful pesticides.
A Bee Café is a place for bees to feed. It could be a flower pot with lavender in it, a new flower bed to replace lawn or a community flower garden. Bishop’s Castle Town Council in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust has established a number of Bee Cafés outside the Town Hall