A stunning colony of bee sculptures will be taking flight in Worcester this summer in a Celebration Garden raising funds for St Richard's Hospice.

One thousand intricately painted, hand-crafted bees will create a buzz when they are displayed in the garden of The Hive, Worcester from 20 August until 2 September 2021.

The unique display of beautiful bees follows the success of St Richard’s previous Celebration Gardens of forget-me-nots, snowdrops and dragonflies. Each bee is uniquely commissioned from craftsman Ed Alvis of Metal Art UK, at his workshop near Evesham. 

So why not ‘bee inspired’ and celebrate or remember someone or something special with one of the beautiful bees in the display, which you can later take home as a keepsake or a gift.

Contributions to help create this sculpture installation will help fund care of patients, their loved ones and the bereaved in Worcestershire.

Fundraising Director Tricia Cavell said, “The bees will create a memorable and stunning garden which will be an ideal focal point for celebration and reflection.  We felt bees would be particularly appropriate this year as they work together as a community – just as the people of Worcestershire have done over the last months, supporting each other and the hospice to continue to care.” 

Donors will be invited to collect a bee from the Hive on 2 September 2021, collect from the hospice (14 September 2021) or via post (£6 postage) after the installation is dismantled.

Along with 1,000 bees, the garden will host five unique sculptures made from recycled metals by Ed Alvis. Each two meter high flower sculpture is set on Cotswold stone. The bee creator, Ed Alvis, is well known from his appearances on television’s Scrap Kings for the Quest channel and has a personal connection with the hospice.

To donate to St Richard's Hospice and get your hands on one of the bee sculptures, visit strichards.org.uk