The Brecon Hive is a team of independent business owners all based in Brecon who share a goal to make our town the best place to be for residents, visitors, shoppers and traders. Our latest project is to rejuvenate and restore the Peace Gardens which were created as a Millenium Project and have become overgrown and uncared for. Last year two of our members raised funds to create a memorial to the Falklands War with a metal bench, memorial stone and planting. We now plan to build on this by installing 3 more benches - for World War I and II plus the second Gulf War (Iraq and Afghanistan) - and creating both a Wildlife Garden and a Sensory Garden. Our first step is to clear the area of thickly overgrown weeds and replace this with topsoil suitable for planting. As well as wildflower seeds we will be planting native daffodil and bluebell bulbs, honeysuckle, holly and buddleia shrubs, herbs such as lavender, thyme and camomile and ferns to create a hideaway for wildlife such as hedgehogs. We have been given two insect houses to put up and The Woodland Trust is sending us 30 hedging plants to create a native hedge. The first bench will sit inside the Wildlife Garden area and we hope to have this area planted in time to mark the centenary of the end of WWI on Remembrance Sunday. We have already joined forces with the students of the Supported Learning Department at Brecon College who will be assisting us in planning and working on the Sensory Garden area. They plan to grow some plants, design the layout of the garden and also design and create some "totem poles" around the theme of "peace". Work on this area will start in spring next year. Our ultimate aim is to create a restful space for people to sit a while, a peaceful haven which will offer the chance for reflection as well as a place to sit and enjoy a coffee or a picnic.