Bee Have

A constant problem with all historic sites is controlling small acts of vandalism. These aren’t a symptom of the modern age. Graffiti goes back a long way, certainly to the roman era and probably beyond. Even artistic giants slipped into bad habits viz. Byron scratching his name on the marble ruins of the Greek Temple of Posiedon at Sounion.

The BBC reports that Greenfield Valley Heritage Park in Flintshire is having trouble at mill, the old Greenfield Mill, that is (1). The problem is that the place is succumbing to nature. Nature in North Wales can be quite fierce. The press of tourists is hastening the damage and this in turn can be dangerous for the tourists.

What is required is a fence. But fences are confrontational and an eyesore. To say the least they represent a challenge, especially to any red-blooded potential vandal. So the Greenfield Valley Trust has found themselves deep in a quandary.

Not to worry Kenya already has the solution. Several months ago, I posted on the problem of Kenyan farmers who were getting their crops trampled and vandalized by heavy footed elephants gallivanting all over their property. The ecofriendly solution was to hang bee hives around the farm land. Beehives make elephants behave. They don’t like the buzzy little things

Now the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association has come to the rescue. The Welsh vandals, it seems, are rather like African elephants. A few beehives around, and the vandals behave and keep off the sensitive bits. If they don’t, their sensitive bits will be in trouble, not say inflamed.

The bonus, of course, is honey for the scones with tea in the teashop – win-win.


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