Our friends at Capital Growth – the initiative that aims to encourage Londoners to grow their own food – have just launched a fantastic new competition for 50 communities in London to win the equipment, bees and training to help them start up with beekeeping.
The competition is part of the Capital Bee project that aims to help the city do its bit for the nation’s ailing bee population. It opened on 16th December 2010 and the final date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 28th January 2011. So if you want to enter you need to get your act together quick!
The winners will receive a beehive, the protective clothing, basic tools, training, mentoring and support to enable their community to set up with beekeeping by spring 2012.
Beekeeping is a rewarding activity with many potential benefits for the beekeepers, communities and for the environment, but it is also a big responsibility. The Capital Bee campaign has been set up to help local communities gain these benefits; thriving biodiversity, community cohesion, education, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing, pollination for parks, gardens and allotments, and possible enterprise opportunities.
Beekeeping can contribute to the capital’s food security, but Londoners can only enjoy these benefits if new beekeepers are well prepared, understand responsible beekeeping practices, have the time and finances to support their new hobby, and are starting with a site that is appropriate for keeping bees.