The beekeeping season may have come to an end but activities at the apiary have not. The last weekend saw a valiant tribe of volunteers armed with saws, loppers and strimmers tackle the overgrown vegetation in the apiary. It's amazing just how quickly the leylandii grow! With many of the bees now resting in the hives, it was possible to strim around the hives to reduce the overgrown grasses and weeds. Only one sting for Steve, a new beekeeper this year - he'll get used to them. You could hardly blame the bees when we were disturbing their colonies with noise and vibrations - or maybe it was the roar of the dinosaurs that upset them - the latest attraction at Temple Newsam was certainly bringing in the crowds.