Last year we, at Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment Project took on the very over grown allotment plot next to our site with the plan to set up a beekeeping project.
We applied for funding based on the potential therapeutic value of beekeeping skills for our group members and the benefits to the local environment that honey bees will provide. Luckily we were very successful.
So, we got our first hive through the Cambridge Bee Keeping Association (CBKA) as I had previously done my basic training with them. It was flat pack!
We set about clearing the front of the plot ready for the willow screen to be planted and we were lucky enough to get a beekeeping bench built for us by a recent volunteer team which we placed in front of the living willow.
Sarah, a very experienced local beekeeper offered us a small, healthy colony and last week she brought the bees in a temporary hive to the site. They seemed to have settled well to their new surroundings so yesterday Sarah joined us at the project to help me transfer the bees into our own hive.
The project group members are very interested in the new arrivals and three members are going to enrol on the CBKA beekeeping for beginners course next Spring.
The bees have already settled in to their new hive and we’re hoping they’ll continue to be happy at our project site so the group can enjoy watching and supporting a healthy population of honey bees.
Special thanks to Sarah (for the bees, advice and support) and Rachel (who helped me build the hive.)
Watch this space for updates and pollination stories 🙂