In our December issue of Village Life magazine, we asked you to design a bug hotel for our new Village, Woburn Forest. You replied in your hundreds, leaving us inundated with entries ranging from the impressive to the awe-inspiring. It was really tough for us to choose between all of them, so we enlisted the help of Ranger Mike Hill. A decision was made and here we reveal the winner and runners up of the competition.
George has put a lot of effort into explaining how the hotel will be created, including a list of necessary materials and build instructions. From the illustration I can see that this idea is realistic and will serve a great purpose; George has created it with ladybirds and stag beetles in mind but actually, I’m certain that many more insects and bugs will be attracted to it and can make themselves a home inside.
“From the illustration I can see that this idea is realistic and will serve a great purpose”
George obviously knows his stuff, as the logs at the bottom of his illustration will be essential in creating a safe and cosy habitat for beetles and other creatures, while the different materials used in the treehouse, including loose bark and fir cones will be suitable for many varieties of insects.
The Honey Hotel, Cole Brautigam, 8, and Zack Brautigam, 6
Cole and Zack have worked really hard creating their Honey Hotel and it’s a lovely idea. The brothers must be really clever and know that bumblebees are in decline in the UK – a Honey Hotel like this would be a good place for struggling bees to live and thrive. I love that Zack and Cole have thought of funny names for each of the sections, including the VIB Area and Bees Knees Spa.
Centre D’Insectes, Rebekah Weatherhead, 24
Wow! This is stunning; you can tell a lot of work has gone into making this design. I like how the Center Parcs logo has been incorporated into the bug hotel, that’s very clever. I can see that many insects would be able to benefit from it, and from the suggestion that the materials would come from a recyclable source, such as old drainpipe and wood, the Centre D’Insectes would be as sustainable as it is beautiful.