Worthing Honey Collective

We are setting up a community supported beehive project in Worthing training up volunteer beekeepers and running pollination master classes.

by Anne Thwaites | We Are FoodPioneers CIC in Worthing, West Sussex, England

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We are currently setting up a community supported beehive project in Worthing, and have already secured two rooftop sites where we will place hives over the coming months. We will involve local schools and businesses to find out more about beekeeping, pollination and honey. We are also looking to involve interested volunteers from the surrounding areas to be introduced to beekeeping in order to support us with this project and eventually keep their own bees.

We will build the first hives from scratch and paint each of them individually to give our new bees a home. Our resident beekeeper Tony will initially look after them once we place them in June 2018, while we start our training programme for novice beekeepers and set up a collaborative honey trading platform for local beekeeping enthusiasts. We expect to have our first honey harvest in autumn 2019 once the bees are established and the hives have got to full size.

With more bees in our town there is a need to increase the amount of food there is available for them, also taking into account that honeybees directly compete for food with our wild bees such as bumblebees and solitary bees.  Together with local partners we will encourage  wildflower and bee friendly planting schemes across our town to ensure that we have more food available for all pollinators. We are currently planning to get a series of events set up this Spring / Summer to which we can invite people from the local neighbourhoods to learn more about bee friendly plants, making seed bombs and turning their gardens into wildlife friendly environments.

This is a project for participants of all ages, and will make Worthing one of the most bee friendly towns in West Sussex. Get involved and support us!


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Your name on the beehive

To say thank you will we add your name to our painted beehives. That way, the bees will also have an opportunity to say thanks;)

£20 or more

Membership for the Worthing Honey Collective

You will receive your own membership pin badge and be able to take advantage of priority booking for our events and activities through our newsletter and website. Your name will be on a hive and the website.

£30 or more

2 of 30 claimed

A walk in the park

Join us on a wildflower walk in one of Worthing's parks and learn to identify some of the beautiful plants that bees like to pick pollen from. Lead by a local wildflower expert. Approximately 3 hours. You will also become a member of the Worthing Honey Collective. Benefits as stated in membership reward.

£50 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Make your own honey

Once our bees are established, we will harvest the honey together by emptying the combs and filtering it by hand. Take your own jar of honey home. You will also become a member of the Worthing Honey Collective. Benefits as stated in membership reward.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Meet the bees in Worthing

Join us for an afternoon inspection visit and meet our bees with expert guidance by Tony, our resident beekeeper. You will also become a member of the Worthing Honey Collective. Benefits as stated in membership reward.

£250 or more

Become a guardian of our teaching apiary

Your name on a plaque as one of the founders of our teaching apiary in Worthing that will be used for educational visits from schools and the local community. You will be able to help us with the honey harvest, and take some honey home. You will also become part of the Worthing Honey Collective as a guardian member and receive a guardian certificate, with your name added to a hive and our website.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Adopt a beehive

Become the official sponsor of a beehive and enable us to run a schools outreach programme with at least one school in Worthing. This funding will enable us to do a minimum of three sessions with children talking about pollination, beekeeping, and we can also take a class to meet the bees. We'll put your name on all our marketing material, a hive, website and you can join us for guardian events. Sponsorship certificate included.


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