Five-star luxury for pollinators at the Erddig estate

A rather grand new home for local pollinators of the National Trust’s Erddig hall…

Located on the escarpment above the Clywedog river, Erddig Hall is a Grade-I listed National Trust property near Wrexham in North Wales. The large country house, which was built during the 17th and 18th centuries, sits in a fully restored 18th-century garden surrounded by a 1,200 acre landscape park, designed by William Emes.

Whilst, the original house was home to the Yorke family for more than 250 years, a new 168cm wide, miniature replica version has been built for the local pollinators on the estate. Crafted to the tiniest of details, from reclaimed timber from the estate and cuttings from Erddig’s iconic pleached limes and espaliered apple trees, this pollinator hotel is nothing short of a marvel.

Designed to improve the garden’s biodiversity by encouraging pollinators and predatory controls to help manage pests in the garden, it took Sarah Green and two volunteers six months to create. Green even carved insects onto the walls of the pollinator hotel, referencing Errdig’s 18th century fabric, wallpaper and furniture.

“I hope the bug hall will be something extra that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike on a visit to the garden and even perhaps inspire people to make one in their own at home” said Green.