THERE is a buzz in the air at Fulham Palace thanks to the introduction of two bee hives in the Walled Garden.
Enthusiastic volunteers have been busy looking after them since they were introduced in May, and they are now flourishing, as this picture shows.
Beekeeper Mark Patterson said: "We check the bees and we go through the colonies and make sure they are all fit and healthy. In May and June our bees actually swarmed twice but luckily we caught the swarms and put them back in the hives."
It is not the first time the insects have been part of the scenery at the historic place. Three historic bee boles from as early as the 16th-century were discovered last year, suggesting bee keeping has had a long history at the palace.
The boles were restored to their former glory last year and the palace has ordered skeps - straw baskets - to be kept inside in order to demonstrate how bee keepers went about their work in years gone by.