Here 'bee' dragons at Arlington Court

STAFF at Arlington Court will be busy with some dangerous winged creatures. They have just had some new arrivals in the gardens, in the shape of honey bees, but are expecting some mythical intruders with sharp teeth and scales with a St Georges Day Drago

STAFF at Arlington Court will be busy with some dangerous winged creatures. They have just had some new arrivals in the gardens, in the shape of honey bees, but are expecting some mythical intruders with sharp teeth and scales with a St Georges Day Dragon Hunt on Sunday, April 26.The bees arrived in their own hives but the dragons have flown in with the help of local children from Kentisbury Primary School.The National Trust property recently took delivery of the hives, owned by local beekeepers, David and Eileen Brown of Lynton and assistant gardener, Sue Luker went on a beekeeping course to prepare for their arrival. "The hives have been brought here to help pollinate the fruit and vegetables we grow in our recently restored Victorian walled kitchen garden," she said."We hope they will produce some honey for us, but I am just looking forward to seeing the bees buzzing around the flowers."On Wednesday of next week (April 22) at 2.30pm visitors will be able to talk to Mr and Mrs Brown about beekeeping and buy local honey from Arlington shop. Shirwell Primary School will also be there on the day, meeting the beekeepers and the garden team and making plant pots out of newspaper to plant sunflower seeds in.The dragons will only be on site on Sunday, April 26, from 11am-3pm when visitors can come to hunt for them. They were created by pupils at Kentisbury School using just imagination and recycled materials. They all receive a free day pass to Arlington to come and search for their masterpieces.There will also be a "bravest knight and prettiest princess" fancy dress competition at 2.30pm, judged by a mystery guest, with prizes for all.Both events are free with normal admission (free to National Trust members.) Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Arlington to find out more.


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