Volunteers create haven for the bees

Oxford Mail: From left, John Garrett, John Tiptaft and Juliet Curry with one of the flower beds From left, John Garrett, John Tiptaft and Juliet Curry with one of the flower beds

VOLUNTEERS believe they have created a haven for bees in woodland that will border a major housing estate.

The Witney Woodland Volunteers have planted flower beds that will attract the insects in Deer Park Wood.

It is next to a site on the edge of West Witney where 1,000 homes are due to be built, starting later this year.

The work has won recognition from national conservation group, the Friends of the Earth.

Group member Juliet Curry said: “The bees are in such danger and this gives us a bit of status.

“It’s a great place for families to visit.

“We’re right next to two big housing estates and there’s another giant one coming right on our doorstep, so this will be the green lungs of Witney.”

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