Sept 21 – Bees


This month we’re all about bees!  The WI has long been a supporter of the campaign to save the honeybee and the Borough Belles are no different. Camilla Goddard from Capital Bee is coming along to our September meeting to talk to us about bees.  Capital Bee is an ethical business based in South London and was set up by Camilla in response to the current critical shortage of honey bee colonies in Britain.

Capital Bee maintains hives and hive-sits for companies, charities and individuals, they have helped St Ermin’s Hotel in St James Park set up a new apiary on its roof. There is also a new apiary up and running for Greenwich University as part of their sustainability plans.

Safe bee sanctuaries have been established across South London and expansion is still continuing. These sites are as diverse as allotments, parks, and churches. Where possible eco friendly methods are always used for bee management and hive maintenance. Bee friendly plants are also established around hives where appropriate.  Capital Bee also runs a bee rescue facility whereby swarms or colonies in danger are removed from sites in London and taken to an ancient oak woodland in Kent to establish in a hive and get checked and treated for any colony problems.

Camilla will be speaking to us about the plight of the honeybee and the work that Capital Bee is doing.   She will also bring along some of the honey Capital Bee produces for us to try (and buy!)  Time Out rated Capital Bee as one of the top honeys in London so it will be a real treat!

Usual time, usual place: Third Weds of the month from 7.30 – 9.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm) in the basement room of Borough Welsh Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0EX. Guests pay £3.