Month: May 2022

Sussex Life: The Plight of Sussex Honeybee

Worthing Honey Collective have been featured in a very interesting article in this months edition of Sussex Life Magazine. Words: By Katie Scott.

" From a soggy summer, use of pesticides to climate change, Sussex bees have been struggling to survive – luckily Sussex entrepreneurs are battling to save them and ensure they thrive"

....'Some Sussex pioneers are creating havens for bees but in a way that helps all pollinator populations. The South Downs National Park Trust is helping farmers, private landowners, parish councils, local authorities and schools with land to get access to up to £5000 in funding to plant bursts of wildflowers. Bee Lines, which was launched in 2019, has already raised £75,000 and with it eight havens - around 50 hectares - will be created including at Lancing College, Truleigh Hill near Brighton and Lewes Cemetery.  

In Brooklands Park, Worthing, a disused council yard has now become a home to hives but also a place where children can see the bees in action. Bees&Seas is being run by the Worthing Honey Collective, which has an apiary of five hives at Worthing Leisure Centre.  

Celine Shabbas Murphy is one of the directors of We Are Food Pioneers, the social community project behind the apiaries, and says education is as key as conservation. ‘Recently, we were able to offer a beekeeping course to six local children,’ she says, adding they are hoping to offer more training in the future including running after-school and holiday clubs'....




Bees Needs Awards Champions

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have awarded us the ‘Bees Needs Awards Champions 2021’ in recognition of the exceptional work we have done to help pollinators thrive. We are exceptionally proud to have received  this plaque in celebration of our hard work this last few years.

The UK’s 1,500 species of pollinators play such a crucial role in all our lives, helping flowers, fruit trees and crops to grow, and contributing around half a billion pounds a year to UK agriculture.

Our transformation of the derelict site at Brooklands, expansion of the Worthing Honey Collective Honeybee footprint, the summer Bees&Seas event, various workshops and junior beekeeping course have contributed to us winning this award.

Defra are very keen to ensure that ‘we all’ act now to ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations. We are currently rebranding to ‘Pollinator Pioneers’ with a refreshed focus on nature.

Our mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and community projects.

It is inspirational to know that pollinators are a priority for this government. They are taking action - alongside many partners - to implement the National Pollinator Strategy, raising awareness across society. Our ongoing action and plans is aimed to inspire others to learn more about the importance of pollinators, and hopefully encourage the local community to take their own steps to help pollinators thrive.

We are incredibly grateful to all our partners, funders, hardworking and loyal volunteers and beekeepers.