Worthing Honey Collective
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On 26th April 2018 we successfully raised £8,137 with 35 supporters in 28 days

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, England, United Kingdom

The hive has been painted. And the bees are arriving.

A happy sunny Friday afternoon everyone,

after an exciting morning on the rooftop of Splashpoint swimming pool in Worthing we wanted to update everyone on our latest developments at the Worthing Honey Collective.

The bees have arrived! Together with our partner South Downs Leisure we set up the first two small colonies of native bees on the rooftop of Splashpoint Leisure Centre this morning. They are now getting settled in, and will be placed in their new hives next week. We will also place our first training hive at Worthing Leisure Centre next Friday, ready for novice beekeepers, young and old, to join our "meet the bees" sessions from this autumn.

The Collective has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past few weeks. We attended the Eco Schools summit at Worthing High School two weeks ago, sharing our project and getting young bee enthusiasts involved in planting wildflower seeds in their school grounds this summer. Thanks to your support we were also able to buy a number of bee suits for children to come along and meet the bees once they're a bit more established in their new home.

Local nursery Reflections got their children so excited they even helped us paint a beehive that will carry all of your names before it will be set up at Worthing Leisure Centre in Durrington next week.

The nursery even produced a video showing their Small School group painting the hive, with us visiting the group to share our love for pollinators and insects with the children this week.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, we will be in touch again very soon to talk membership, setting up a study group and giving you an update on how our bees are settling in.

Yours, the Worthing Honey Collective - pollinated by local social enterprise We Are FoodPioneers CIC x

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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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