A project to create a thriving habitat for Halton's bees has been completed at Norton Priory in Runcorn.
The project involved the installation of a bee hotel and honey bee hives, the restoration of Norton Priory's wildflower meadows, and the creation of a bee-friendly spring garden and lavender walk. The bee hotel and hives are made from locally sourced timber.
It is hoped that this rejuvenated habitat will boost biodiversity and help to protect bees, which are currently a beleaguered species in the UK.
Norton Priory will also be selling the honey produced in its hives in the museum shop.
The project cost £5800 in total and was funded by local chemicals manufacturer INEOS ChlorVinyls through its Landfill Communities Fund as part of The Mersey Forest. It was completed with the help of local volunteers and in partnership with The NHS Trust and Health Improvement Team.
Paul Quigley, from Norton Priory, said: "Norton Priory has an affinity with bees which stretches back to the time of the Augustinian canons, who kept honey bees in the orchards of the priory.
"This vital project will help us to raise awareness of the diversity of bees and the crucial role they play in our local environment."
Janet Ward, of INEOS ChlorVinyls, said: "We are pleased to have been able to help this project to come to fruition. It's great to see so much local enthusiasm for the project."
Norton Priory are holding an Introduction to Beekeeping course on 25 May. Places must be booked in advance. Visit http://nortonpriory.org/ for further information.