Saturday, 5 September 2009
I've just received the bill for my plot's annual rent, but that was soon forgotten when I read in the accompanying newsletter we may be able to keep bees up at the plot in the future. This is a bit of a surprise as my allotment tenancy agreement has a clause preventing me from keeping animals. Apparently the Town Council - who own the land - have no specific objections to the idea, but we need to ensure there's a majority of tenants in favour and the bees are kept according to the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners' guidelines. It looks likely it's going to happen as next April's talk is all about beekeeping.
I'm a little unclear as to how this is going to work: it looks like I won't be able to keep bees myself, as the newsletter says the hives would be managed by a member of The British Beekeepers Association. Luckily it's our allotment show today - yes I have decided to enter - so I'll have plenty of opportunity to discuss how things are going to work and lend my support to the project later :)
If anyone else locally's interested in bees, you might like to pop along to the annual Bee and Honey Day at Lackham Country Park tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my beekeeping friend's not only entered the 'Best Newcomer' competition, but also he does very well.
And finally a very warm welcome to any Tweehive busy bee visitors. Here's your flower for today and do make sure you visit my other Tweehive posts here, here and here for lots more nectar and pollen for you to collect :D
BTW the picture's of a very determined worker bee on a globe artichoke in The Bee Garden at Garden Organic recently.