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Bees and bee keeping

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Our aim at WGN is to encourage people to learn more about bees, to consider the needs of bees in our own gardens, and maybe even learn how to become a 'natural' beekeeper.

 

Bees are among our most important pollinators in the world. Honey bees are considered one of the most proficient because they visit the biggest variety of plants during their life time. These pollinating visits are crucial in the production of one third of all of our food, not to mention most of the flowers in our gardens!

But bees are in decline... Why? There are lots of reasons, but the loss of 99% of all our wild flower habitats for farmland and development, and the use of chemicals in farming and gardening have both had a huge impact on bee numbers. However we can all do lots to help...

Group of Bee Keepers at Worsley Hall Allotments

A group of bee keepers at Worsley Hall Allotments

Making an apiary at Worsley Hall Allotments

Building hives at Greenslate farm

Newly finished apiary at Worsley Hall Allotments

Completed hive ready for new apiary at Greenslate farm

Bee keepers inspecting the apiary at Worsley Hall Allotments

Bee keepers inspecting the apiary at Worsley Hall Allotments

 

 Bee keeping information

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Curious about bees? Want to learn a little more about bee keeping and the honey bee? Want to know what to plant to help the bees? Then you're in the right place!

Visit the Bee information page for all things bees and beekeeping.

 Bee keeping forum

Image of honeycomb from our hive

Most of the time bees never do what the book says so if you have a question and want to know what other bee keepers have to say then go onto our bee forum. Also if you have any other bee related questions then ask away

Visit the Bee forum page to ask questions and share information

 Bee keeping events

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We offer bee keeping introduction courses, talks on bees and workshops in bee hive making

Keep an eye on the Network Calendar for more information and dates