The Nurture Project has recently welcomed two new hives of bees into its woods. We have been told by the beekeeper that they have settled really well into their new home with lots of vegetation for them to forage from, and we are confident that the project’s walled garden and ephemeral pond will benefit from their arrival despite the hives being half a mile away. It will not only encourage further pollination of vegetables and flowers in the cutting and vegetable gardens, but generally enhance the environment as well. As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem. They support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small. Bees also contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist.
The Nurture Project also looks forward to having some of its own honey too, possibly ‘Ivy Honey’ to start with. A time honoured tradition; it is thought humans have been collecting honey from bees for over 10,000 years, originating back to North Africa.
I will be donning a bee keeping suit before too long as The Nurture Project’s beekeeper gently introduces me to our new friends in the woods!
For more information on beekeeping, please take a look at Richard Whitehouse’s Instagram page humble.honey.bee