Spalding pub’s double award-winning garden has a hotel for bees

Pete and Steph in their bee-autiful garden earlier this year. SG230816-138TW
Pete and Steph in their bee-autiful garden earlier this year. SG230816-138TW

Spalding landlord Pete Williams will make the Punch Bowl’s double-award winning flower display even better next year – and hopes to see a first guest try out his hotel.

The garden won East Midlands in Bloom gold this year and Pete now has an extra £1,500 to spend thanks to a win in the Enterprise Inns competition.

He says the pulling power of flowers at the New Road pub has seen a lot more families visit.

Pete and his wife, Steph, started the garden around six years ago and collected a bunch of silver gilts before they scooped East Midlands in Bloom gold.

The flower-filled garden also incorporates a hotel for bees – a piece of driftwood with holes drilled in it.

Pete said: “I am still waiting for a bee to use it.

“I did it because bees are so endangered and they are now on the endangered list in America for the first time as well.”

There’s a huge variety of flowers on show but Pete says his favourites are the begonias.

“I looked after them and they have really looked after me,” said Pete. “If you look at the back of the pub, the begonias are still going mad. They are not everybody’s favourite but I struggle to understand that because they are just so prolific and they keep going and going.”