Crowds turn out for Big Bug Day at garden centre

FAMILIES in Cornwall turned out to a garden centre in the county yesterday (June 22, 2014) to see a variety of tropical insects…and eat some.

Trelawney@Wadebridge hosted a Big Bug Day on June 22 and people who attended were able to try some edible insects on cakes.

Peter Burks, General Manager of the garden centre, which is located in Sladesbridge near Wadebridge, said: ?We hosted the day to support National Insect Week, which runs from June 23 until 29. As well as having the big bugs for people to see we also hosted a bush tucker trial. Our restaurant offered insect topped cupcakes for people who dared to try one. The insects on the cakes were all edible and had been roasted.

?There were also a selection of tropical bugs at the garden centre including a fern insect, leaf insect, Madagascar stick insect, orchid mantid, giant Australian rainforest mantid and a giant Australian prickly stick insect.

?Lots of visitors took the opportunity to get up close to these fascinating creatures and ask any questions they had.?

National Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. Every two years, the?Royal Entomological Society organises the week, supported by a large number of?partner organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects.

More than one million species of insects have been described and named worldwide. There are more than 24,000 species in the UK.

Insects can be pollinators, predators, pests, parasites and prey and their study is an important part of conservation, food production, medicine and ecology.

Peter added: ?During National Insect Week there will be a display of plants that we?re calling our nectar bar that butterflies and bees are particularly partial to and are offering visitors lots of free advice on how to have a bee and butterfly-friendly garden, patio or window box.

?We?ll be on-hand to answer any questions people might have as well as advise them on the best plants to grow to attract the insects.

?We also have an insect hotel on-site, which butterflies and bees often use so we will be able to tell our visitors all about it as well as advise them on how they can build something similar at home.

?Butterflies and bees are extremely important to gardeners because as they feed on nectar they transfer pollen on their bodies and legs from one plant to another.We hope lots of people come along to learn more about how they can help the bee and butterfly population.?

One of Cornwall?s largest and leading independent garden centres, Trelawney@Wadebridge was originally launched in 1970 as a nursery by Frank and Marion Danning. The garden centre is now run by their son David and David Symons, who started working for the family at the age of 11.

The garden centre provides customers with a wide range of quality gardening products including plants, furniture, barbecues, gifts and food items. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to give visitors help and advice on all gardening matters. There is also a garden building and?Elite Spa concession on site.

Carriages Restaurant, which seats up to 240 customers, is situated next to the lake at Trelawney@Wadebridge. It serves hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes, breakfasts, lunches, a daily carvery and children?s meals.

The award-winning, family-run business includes two generations of the Danning and Symons families. More than eight years ago the company launched a sister garden centre in North Devon, Trelawney@Ashford and is opening its third garden centre Trelawney@Probus on a green-field site in Cornwall next year (2015).

Trelawney@Probus looks set to offer visitors a chance to see plants and products in action with garden areas on site showing how things grow and work.

For more information, please call Trelawney@Wadebridge, which is located just off the A389 in Sladesbridge near Wadebridge, on 01208 893030 or visit www.trelawney.co.uk.

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