Bug hotel design is brought to life at Woburn Forest

In April, we revealed the winners of our Design a Bug Hotel competition, first featured in the December issue of Village Life magazine. After hundreds of entries, we chose – with the help of expert Mike Hill – 11-year-old George Terry’s design as the winner.

Ian Buck with George and his sister Anna
Ian Buck with George and his sister Anna

His Ladybird Treehouse with Beetle Log Den was ambitious and detailed, even adding a Perspex window and tiny front door.

In the four months following, the bug hotel has been built and painstakingly pieced together by wood sculptor, Ian Freemantle.

Last week, the completed structure was delivered to Woburn Forest, the same week that George and his family enjoyed their break. With the help of Woburn Forest Ground Services Manager, Ian Buck, together with General Manager Wayne Matton, the hotel was put in place and filled with pine cones and other nesting materials. George and his family witnessed the occasion, and were very impressed with the finished article. Ian Buck says: “It was great to see George’s design turned into reality. We’re really pleased to have it as one of the first things to kick off our Nature Area. We’re looking forward to see what insects and mini beasts move into some top quality accommodation.”

bug_hotel_stagesGeorge says: “I was really excited to see the bug house I designed made up and standing in its own area at Woburn Forest. It’s really detailed and even has the opening door and chimney that I designed. I want to come back and see it again once it is full of insects!”

Visiting Woburn Forest soon? You can pop down to see George’s Bug Hotel, situated at the south of the Village, along a pathway between Lodge 402 and 376.  

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