What started as a germ of an idea raised at a meeting in September 2010 is now a reality. With the help of grants from two local businesses, we have built an apiary from scratch, procured all the necessary equipment to construct two hives, and most importantly, procured and managed two colonies of bees for a whole season.
Approx 15 members of WEG initially joined the “Bee Group” and five of us attended a beginners course in Hebden Bridge that was provided by the Halifax and District Beekeeping Association (HBKA) at the beginning of the year. This gave us a good start, but we have still had many traumas along the way. These have included bees in boots, bees in hair, bees inside bee suits, suspected bee diseases, and even queens disappearing. However, when it came to September and we were able to harvest 30 jars of honey made by our own bees from plants and flowers in Wadsworth, it all seemed (and tasted) worthwhile.
Hopefully, we have now done all the right things to enable the bees to survive the winter so that next year they can go about their business of pollinating all our flowers, fruits and vegetable again.
If you think you would like to get involved and help us keep our bees next year, or you would just like to come and have a look at them, please give me a ring in March / April time.
Wadsworth Environment Group (Chaiman