Save Happy Bees in Greenwich

Raising funds to expand a children's beekeeping, save local bees, educate children on the importance of bees, plant flower& tree reduce CO2

We did it!

On 24th Aug 2016 we successfully raised £50 with 1 supporter in 56 days

Project Aim

Raising funds to expand a children's beekeeping business to help save local bees and educate other children on the importance of bees while teaching about our local environment, business, branding and entreprenuerial skills. Starting in our own backyard we want to introduce backyard bee keeping in our local community creating a movement along the prime meridian line from Greenwich and beyond for the love of bees, honey and our planet! By planting more tree and plant reduce CO2. Install and manage one behive in each school of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

About the Project

This project started when 5 year old Assunta told her daddy that she could see fairies in the woods near a lake where her big brother Nico was learning to windsurf. The midday sun was shining through the trees so they went to investigate and they found a swarm of bees that looked like a bunch of grapes hanging from a vine. So daddy asked her if she wanted to take them home and she said yes and after that magical moment they went to buy a small pine wood house with a tiny window to give the Queen a safe place to stay while they transported the swarm home. 

Greenwich Prime Happy Bees:  Improvised Queen Bee's House  

 

The Swarm arrives in our backyard in Greenwich

After Assunta and her 10 year old brother Nico took the swarm home they convinced their daddy to help them to set up a hive and start a bee keeping business in Greenwich, London. So far we have built a lovely cedar National Hive in the backyard with 3 levels and want to expand the size of the original hive and put new hives in open spaces around Greenwich.

We are researching the best hive design that makes the bees happy and are starting to ask for permission to place new hives into open spaces in our local area. Ideally we would like to expand to up to 50 hives around Greenwich and 100 in Positano where the climite is more favorable over the next 5 years.

We want to use the funds to learn all about bees, beekeeping and make products out of honey and beeswax and sell them in local markets to learn about business finances, packaging, branding and entreprenuerial skills. We want to use this experience to teach other children about the importance of bees and making their own gardens and  local parks bee friendly, planting lot more tree and plants and reducing the co2 level. We want to give the chance to small new beekepper to have equipment that they can use on our site with our help and be efficient with cost.

Through direct action and influencing our peers we want to inspire a new generation of bee enthusiasts, protectors and entrepreneurs!

Our second swarm.

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Including:

  • Monthly Greenwich Prime Happy Bees "Buzziness News" - videos and newsletters with information about our bee business from a childs perspective with topics including Profit & Loss, Managing Expenditures, Market Activities, Price Setting & Best Sellers, Branding & Packaging, Distribution, Overcoming Challenges, Flexibility & Adapting to the Marketplace.

  • Seasonal updates on hive activities

  • Keeping up to date with the latest news relating to bees and beekeeping

  • Press Releases aimed at Children's Press

We have had the chance so far to get with our own initial contribution:

  • memberships and insurance
  • complete National hive with bee

  • a second National Hive ready for when the bee Swarm

  • smoker

  • protective clothes

  • gloves

  •  brush

  •  emergency feeder( although only used to avoid the loss of a colony ) 

  •  extra foundation wax

  • gas touch

  •  hammer

  •  nails

  •  protective wax

  •  bee boox

  • 12v transformer

  •  a selection of herbal medicinal plant that bee and butterfly love loves and are good for cooking too. Majorana, Lavanda, Sage, Camomile, Thime, Mint, Rosemary, Mimosa

  • food & Hygine and helth and safety level 2 certification
  • draft web site

We need initial investment to help with:

  • Purchasing hives and Bee nuclei (initially up to 3 hives with 2 levels each and we hope to increase to over 50 hives over the next 5 years)
  • Tipe of Hive: National Hive, Warre, Jappanese, Napolitan when possible with observation windows. To work with the bees

Pledges through crowdfunder will be used to purchase the following:

  • Observation hives
  • Smoking equipment
  • Protective gear
  • Pest control
  • Sterilised jars
  • Labels
  • Graphic Design Services for logo, labels and website services
  • Market stall fees
  • Distribution
  • Beekepping books
  • Teaching Posters
  • Honey Press
  • Manual honey extractor clear for demonstration for 4 frame
  • 1 x Settling Tank
  • New Nuclei of bees with queens
  • Grafton tools
  • Uncapping Knife
  • Micron rated straining cloth
  • Hive tools
  • New bee hives with observation window
  • More wood to build more bees hives with the best design to work with the nmore bee hive for vest impact on nature to work with the bees
  • Implement and improve the draft web site https://greenwichprimehappybees.wordpress.com currently under development which will be one of our tool to help saving our bee while, planting new tree and plant, reduce co2 and help local micro economy and big business.
  • give the chance to more local individual adult and in particular childer beekeeper a place to go and have the chance to share extraction equipment, check out the bees
  • Initial xamples of product Branding from Nico and Assunta:

Assunta: 5 years old                                                                           Nico: 10 years old

Examples of Research:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/409431/pb14221-national-pollinators-strategy.pdf

BBC iWonder Would We Starve Without Bees? 

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zg4dwmn

Video Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022v2yw

Video Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023cqvj

Video Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023cqgs

Honeybee Shortage Threatens Crop Pollination in Europe

Source:BBC News Science and Environment 

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25656283

University of Reading News & Events:

 Link: https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR557631.aspx

Source: BBC Two Hive Alive Bee Facts

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3Q6DBVG8czjnrkYP0sKl2NZ/the-buzz-about-bees

Four super sweet honey facts 

  • Worldwide, honey bees provide an annual honey crop of approximately one billion kilograms
  • Each honey bee will produce about a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime – probably the amount left on your knife after spreading honey on your toast
  • 10 million foraging trips go into making one jar of honey, a distance of up to 50,000 miles – that’s equivalent to travelling twice around the globe! 
  • Honey has a virtually eternal shelf-life if kept sealed and apparently honey found in the pharaohs’ tombs in Egypt was still edible after 3,000 years

10 things you need to know about the honey bee 

  • A forager bee may visit 2,000 flowers a day to collect nectar and pollen
  • The bees’ stomach is the size of a pinhead and to fill this once the bee may need to visit 100 flowers
  • Bees fly at an average of 13 to 15 mph and can travel up to four miles away from their hive – sometimes more
  • Bees also eat pollen and an average bee hive or colony consumes around 40 kilos a year
  • A bee flaps its wings between 200 and 230 times per second when flying 
  • Each bee flies about 500 miles in its lifetime and if it is not eaten by a predator, the bee usually dies of exhaustion after about three weeks
  • Any fertilised egg could turn into a queen rather than a worker and being fed royal jelly triggers this transformation
  • Honey bee senses are impeccable: they can see ultraviolet light, have an amazing sense of smell, can detect electrical signals and the earth’s magnetic field 
  • Honey bees can count up to four and memorise landmarks to help them to learn where their hive is located
  • The cells in a natural honey bee comb are initially circular but gradually take on the familiar hexagonal shape by a flow of the wax, which is turned semi-molten by the heat from specialist heater worker bees

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