Beekeepers call on gardeners to plant bee-friendly plants and avoid pesticides

A survey carried-out by the the British Beekeepers Association, has found that Honeybee populations declined by 13.6% over the winter. Losses were most severe in the north-east, where the survey recorded a loss rate of 17.1%. Martin Smith, President of the BBA said “If this was measured against similar losses in livestock it would be seen as disastrous and there would be great concern on the knock-on impact of food prices.” The association is now calling on everyone who has a garden, however small, to plant bee-friendly plants this summer. They say “It is really important that there are flowering nectar-rich plants around in August, September and October to provide the nutrition that’s needed so the bees can top up their stores of honey in the hive to see them through winter.” Source: Article from today’s Guardian: British Beekeepers Association website: and Press Release … [Read more…]

Farmers’ Markets 2011

Leigh-on-Sea: at Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road: Saturday 28 May, Friday 24 June, Friday 22 July, Friday 26 August, Saturday 24 September, Friday 28 October, Saturday 19 November, Saturday 17 December, 09:00 – 12:00 Rochford: in the WI Hall, Market Square on (Saturday) 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 09:30–12:20 … [Read more…]

Full Permaculture Design Course at Growing Together, Westcliff on Sea, Spring 2011

Announcing a full Permaculture Design Course to be held in Westcliff on Sea this Spring. The full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course is a vital stage in the development of understanding of permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques providing essential skills for the post-peak oil world. Held over 5 weekends at a venue less than an hour from central London, we will be running this course in partnership with Southend in Transition, Milton Community Partnership and Growing Together Dates: 7 – 8 May 21 – 22 May 4 – 5 June 18 – 19 June 2 – 3 July Times: 10 am – 6 pm, with optional additional sessions and/or social events on the Saturday evenings Accomodation: options for attendees from outside of the Southend area are available, more details to follow Cost: £450 – £300 depending on income, some concessionary places available, please enquire to Milton Community Partnership (see below) £50 secures a place Led by: Graham Burnett and guest tutors Full course details here For enquiries and bookings contact Milton Community Partnership or tel 01702 213264 Please note that booking of places for this course is NOT through Spiralseed, please contact the MCP directly, thanks … [Read more…]

Children’s Food Campaign: November 2010

The Children’s Food Campaign needs you! Help them: ·         End junk food marketing to children ·         Improve school food (there’s still a lot more to do) ·         Increase the teaching of cooking and food-growing at school ·         Bring back water fountains to places of play They believe that these changes can help to tackle childhood obesity. Now more than ever, they need a network of supporters to stand up to the junk food industry to protect children’s health. Sign up here … [Read more…]