Honey bees are drastically decreasing in population and they are essential to our lives. Not only do they provide us with delicious honey, but they pollinate so many crops, trees and flowers that provide food for us humans. Without them, we may not even be able to survive!
I think they're fascinating, and have been learning about them for some time. I am currently on a beginners practical course in beekeeping, and would love to start raising my own colonies this year. This way I believe we can help save these amazing creatures, and help the environment for our future generations too.
What's more; the average age of beekeepers is well over 50 years old. I am just 29, and would love to bring awareness to younger enthusiasts, and to inspire more people to keep bees, whatever their age! I'd love to be able to help educate people, young and old, about this wondful species, whether that be in groups or individually.
I am hoping to raise enough funding to create a two hive start-up apiary, including 2 new 'nucs' (mini hives that bees are bred in) of bees, as well as a couple of bee suit to help prevent getting stung, and for visitors to come and observe with me.
Of course 2 hives doesn't sound like it will make much difference. But there's up to around 60,000 bees in each hive at peak summer times, and they will naturally want to swarm. With appropriate management, the colonies can be effectively 'split' each time this occurs, to create more colonies, and therefore more chances for survival of their race!
There is a new apiary being up in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, and I aim to have my hives located here.
Although not the biggest reason for me to be keeping bees, they do create some lovely honey as well! No honey is generally collected in the first year due to the bee numbers increasing, but I would hope to get a jar to each contributor when my first honey crop is harvested next year. Yum!
I hope you find this a worthy cause, and of course if you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! And all the best!