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: www.guardian.co.uk British Beekeepers Association website: www.bbka.org.uk and Press Release … [Read more…]

Talks: ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ and ‘Wormeries and Organic Gardening’

‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ and the activities of the Waste Buster Volunteers, presented by AlistairBrudenell, PLUS ‘Wormeries & Organic Gardening’ presented by Jacqueline Wass. Please feel free to bring a few festive cakes along if you wish! The speakers start at 8.00pm. VENUE: Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914 wastebusters.wordpress.com Across the globe, we waste a third of all of our food. In the UK, this amounts to 16 million tonnes of food waste every year – with 40% going into landfill. Emma Marsh, from Love Food, Hate Waste, says that small changes in buying habits could make a huge difference. BBC Radio 4, 22 August     … [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…]

Talk: Essex Bees! Home is where the hive is!

Essex Bees!  Home is where the hive is! Essex Bees is a small family concern run by three Essex boys. They originally started keeping bees for the honey but have since realised that without honey bees it’s not just the honey that we won’t be able to have on our tables at mealtimes. Without wishing to sound alarmist, the honey bee is in trouble and needs all the help it can get. www.essexbees.co.uk The speaker starts at 8.00pm. VENUE: Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914   … [Read more…]