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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER


All you’ll ever need for your home and garden!


Listers Studio occupies the 11,000 sq ft mezzanine floor with beautifully displayed furniture for all tastes and budgets.


New ranges of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture are on show along with furnishings for every room in the home including carpets, curtains and rugs.


Downstairs has a well designed area of giftware, soft furnishings and lighting, which incorporates all the latest fashions, colours and trends.


A new bathroom showroom has been developed with a choice of either, the latest state of the art or traditional designs available to choose from.


A shopping experience not to be missed!


Low Road, Cockermouth Cumbria CA13 OHH 01900 827282


Complement your kitchen or bathroom with an even wider range of accessories from the biggest and best brand names.


Why not transform your garden with a selection of our wide range of plants and a set of new garden furniture?


The Lakes Home Centre still offers an extensive range of DIY and gardening products.


Complete your shopping experience and relax in our fully air condioned tea room with homemade fayre and a warm Cumbrian welcome.


The Lakes Home Centre truly is a shopping experience not to be missed!


IN PRAISE OF WASPS JACK FORRESTER


Every year, throughout the summer and into the first months of autumn, an almost biblical plague of nuisance insects descends on our barbeques and picnics. I am referring here to the wasp and unlike its close cousin the bee, it is often swatted, trapped, crushed and vilified. This sometimes can be justified with its occasional sting, not a pleasant addition to our outdoor celebrations.


However, wasps play a vital part in our environment.


The species that we are most commonly bothered by is the social wasp. However, these creatures are predators, preying on smaller animals such as caterpillars. By snacking on smaller invertebrates, such as caterpillars and parasites, they protect gardens and allotments free-of-charge from pests, thus reducing the need for pesticides.


A single wasps’ nest found in gardens can house up to around 1,000 wasps. Within, a complex social life is played out, revolving around protecting the queen, feeding the larvae and building and defending the nest.


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Wasp on Blackberry © Paul Hobson


Wasps play a vital role alongside bees and a host of other animals in pollination. As they fly from flower-to-flower to consume nectar, at each pit-stop they transfer pollen, creating the next cycle of plants.


Throughout the world, many plants have evolved alongside wasps. This includes a certain species of orchid that is reliant on wasps for survival, having evolved alongside them. The orchid mimics the appearance of the female wasp, enticing the male to approach. Upon entering, the imposter covers the visitor with pollen, before fooling


the next male who enters.


In some cases, if wasps disappeared it would have detrimental effects on the wildlife it surrounds. This can be seen in the case of the fig trees and the fig wasp, which over the millennia have become co- dependent on each other to be able to complete a full life-cycle. Without the fig wasp, the fig tree would be significantly reduced or face extinction, affecting the natural world it surrounds which relies on the tree’s


fruit to maintain its own survival.


Bees have been estimated to have an overall benefit to the world economy of around £100 billion. No such calculation has been done on the economic value of wasps but I have no doubt, the figure would still be impressive. They may sometimes be a nuisance but we must remember that they provide vital services for us and our planet.


19 OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE 419 PAGE 65


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