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Wildflower Appeal: Seeds Needed for Worthing Bees

Renovations are powering ahead at Brooklands Park and volunteers have been working around the clock to transform this ‘once disused council yard’ into an ecological natural asset for the local community. We are very excited to report that our community beekeeping and pollination hub in the heart of the park is coming together.

We are on track for setting up three beehives at the site and we have been prioritising one crucially important task: planting the entire area with bee friendly plants and flowers. Creating forage for pollination is one of the most important biological processes on the planet, as pollination fertilises and produces the next generation of plants including the fruit and crops that we all eat. Additionally, and so importantly, increasing the green space around us is combating climate change as plants and soil absorb carbon emissions from the air.

Adur and Worthing Council have kindly donated 28 plug trays and four 50L bags of peat compost alongside sachets of 'much needed' meadow seed. The local community have also generously donated a good variety of bee forage but as we have such a large area to cover with the good green stuff – we still need your help! If you have any of the following plants lying spare in your gardens and can pot them up for us to plant that would be amazing. There are some obvious and some quite obscure requests on our list but every little truly helps our Worthing bees.  If you have anything you can spare, please contact us by clicking this link.

  • Native cowslips / Native primroses / Autumn flowering ivy
  • A variety of types of mint, thyme and lavender
  • Lemon balm / Marjoram / Rosemary / Hyssop / Feverfew
  • Chamomile / Hops / Heartsease/field pansy / Chicory
  • A non invasive / native honeysuckle
  • Teasel / Heather / Evening primrose / Woad / Sea aster
  • Sea spinach / Sea kale / Thrift / Vipers bugloss / Birds foot trefoil
  • Kidney vetch / Tufted vetch / Bush vetch / Yellow horned poppy / Sea campion
  • Biting stonecrop / Wild thyme / Wild marjoram / Moon carrot / Small scabious
  • Hoary plantain / Agrimony / Burnet saxifrage / Horseshoe vetch / Common mouse ear
  • Common Centaury / Ladies bedstraw / Dog rose

As always your help, commitment and generosity is very much appreciated. In the end we are all working together, towards making our beautiful Worthing town a more vibrant, ecological, supportive and diverse place to live.....


Worthing Honey Collective: Bee Inspection Day...

Another round of 'Socially Distanced' Bee inspections this week at Worthing Leisure Centre by our wonderful team of FoodPioneer Bee Keepers.

Liz, Polly, Violet, Tony, Neels and the team were very pleased to report on four thriving, active and healthy hives. Stores, space and brood looking good.

Our beautiful Queen Bees 'Beeyonce and Latifah' are the biggest and busiest of the colonies. Latifah, as always, is a force to behold...Queen Agatha seemed very chilled today as is typical of her character. Broodica - who was requeened last year with brood from Agatha - seemed calm this week. We will keep a close eye on these two to ensure they are still the mean Queen Bees we need for developing the hives.

Our next steps are the supers and getting the spare hives ready so we can add space or split the colony as and when needed. It's going to be BEE a busy summer for the collective.

Please consider a small show of support for our new Bees&Seas community beekeeping project, pollination hub and educational training space at Brooklands by donating to our crowdfunder. 

 

 


Bees&Seas 'Mini Eco Park' Featured Worthing Herald

The FoodPiooners  team are incredibly proud to have our latest Bees&Seas project featured in the Worthing Herald:

''Adur & Worthing Councils said hives will be one feature of the new space, along with a small orchard, herb garden, wildlife habitats, bug hotel and planting schemes. And at the centre of the project, called Bees&Seas, will be new shipping containers, donated by Lancing-based Sussex Transport. These will be used as classrooms and workshops spaces to help people understand the importance of encouraging biodiversity to help green spaces thrive and help in the fight against climate change, the councils said''

Our Project is flying ahead! In February volunteers visited the site and scattered some wild flowers to make a start on planting forage for the bees. Early March the wonderful Damian Pulford and his team at Sussex Transport removed the old broken containers - for recycling. A week later the Rangers at The Council cleared the yard of all heavy rubbish and waste. What a difference! And JUST YESTERDAY we are very excited to report that two brand new containers, donated by Sussex Transport, were transported and safely delivered on site. The beating heart of this project: one container will be transformed into a classroom and workshop space. The other used for storage of educational material and vital bee-keeping equipment.

Next stages:

  • The wonderful people at Creative Waves are working on design and creatives to add the wow factor to our pollinations Hub.
  • The fabulous Freinds At Brooklands Park are coordinating small volunteers groups to start transforming the space - from next week.
  • Planting, collecting, seeding, growing - huge effort going on behind the scene to fill those green roofs and eco spaces.
  • Preparing the hives. The Worthing Honey Collective will select a Queen Bee and her worker bee colony for their imminent arrival.
  • Log hives and bees will be installed at the site - once the new containers are designed and windows built in.

There are still sponsorship opportunities left! Enabling us to equip a shipping container with furniture, green space, classroom, eco-power and workshop resources. There are sponsorships also for two large green roofs on the containers - for pollinator forage. Please help support our community project by donating through our crowdfunder or contact us directly to discuss in detail.

Feb: Early Site Visit
March: Old Containers out. Rubbish Cleared.
Measuring Up for Design.
March: New Containers IN!

Lorry Full of Slow Cookers for Our Community

We are so grateful to all our fabulous FoodPioneer supporters out there for backing the One Pot Project.

The pandemic has left many people out of work or struggling to get by on reduced incomes and referrals to food banks have increased significantly.  As a result, some have no choice but to eat cold food, or meals that require only a kettle or microwave. Distributing slow cookers is a great solution to create healthy, hearty meals and will help those experiencing food and fuel poverty. BIG THANKS to The Worthing Herald for running this article on The One Pot Project and helping us exceed our crowd funding goal.

By March 25th 'The One Pot Slow Cooker Appeal'  successfully raised £1,330 with 52 supporters in 42 days! Over exceeding our target...

Last week on the 27th March we were able to collect a LORRY FULL of slow cookers ready for their new home. Huge thank you to Robert Dyas in Worthing for securing the slow cookers, to the Worthing Lions for donating slow cookers and recipes and to the Sidney Walter Centre for storing these little cooking machines. Finally, a massive thank you  to the team at Morrisons and their Community Matters Ambassador, Joanne, who very kindly supplied hundreds of herbs, stock cubes and wooden spoons which will be going out with the cookers.

Milestone today - just 4 days later we have started the delivery campaign! Ed Kilroy, Emma Baars and the team (pictured above) are out and about in the local community starting delivery of over 300 slow cookers to those in financial difficulty. More updates to follow soon...

 


Bees&Seas Buzzing with Spacehive Funding

We have launched our Spacehive Crowdfunder to raise 'much needed' funding for our new Bees&Seas project!  Working alongside Friends of Brooklands Park and Creative Waves - we aim to create a community beekeeping project, pollination hub and educational training space in the heart of Brooklands Park. This area is currently a disused urban council yard (which sits outside the local council's Brooklands master plan) and we need your help to transform it into an attractive ecological, natural asset for the local community!

We have been incredibly lucky to have gathered the support of 8 wonderful backers to get this project set up and off the ground. We really need additional funding to bring the project alive, maintain the hives, develop the green space and, importantly, run a series of workshops for the local community. Please help us support your local environment by donating through Spacehive. Any funding will directly help us to:

- Build an enclosed area to safely host three community beehives
- Create suitable habitats and foraging grounds for bees and other pollinators
- Build a community hub for educational and community activity
- Deliver an education programme with regular workshops for young people and families throughout the year
- Create small product ranges from the beehives for the local community - with all profits reinvested in the project

In addition to the Crowdfunder, we have bespoke donation opportunities available. You or your business can sponsor anything from beehives and bug hotels to green roofs and the educational hub. Please contact us if this is something that interests you - we would love to hear from you.


The One Pot Project Exceeds Funding Target

 

Thank you so much to all you awesome FoodPioneers out there.  With your generosity we’ve raised £1,330 towards buying and distributing slow cookers to those who need them most. Huge thanks to Ed Kilroy, pictured here, for his time and energy on this project and to everyone who has made it possible. Next steps: we will be making up packs and recipes to distribute to our friends at Worthing Homes, Turning Tides and our local Food Banks all of whom are doing incredible work. We will keep you posted and don’t forget to join ‘The One Pot Project’ FB page to find out more.

If you wanted to and haven’t yet you can still donate through our crowdfunder.  A stretch target means the more we raise the more packs we can supply to the local community.


Lockdown lunch May 2020

FoodPioneers Needs You!

As part of our work to reduce food poverty and food waste, we’re launching 2 new pilot projects about the power of food and community across Adur and Worthing.

We’d love you to join us!

Do you love to cook?
Want to be a part of supporting your local community?
Free on a Thursday?

If that’s a yes then BATCH is for you. We’re asking volunteers to batch cook 25 nutritious meal portions, at home, for delivery to our neighbours, who may be vulnerable, socially isolated, struggling to make ends meet and with no questions asked. Recipe ideas will be suggested but you will have the freedom to create your own dish in a ready, steady cook styley. Once we can all meet together (we’re really missing seeing everyone), we’re looking forward to getting together in a community kitchen and cooking up a storm together.

We are also looking for volunteers for COOK & SHARE, our new buddying scheme. Would you be up for regularly delivering an additional portion of food to a local neighbour? This volunteering option requires a minimum 6 month commitment of doorstep food delivery weekly or fortnightly as well as “having a chat” and getting to know your neighbour.

If you would like to get involved or hear more about our volunteering opportunities please get in touch with amy@foodpioneers.org.uk. We can’t wait to hear from you.


FoodPioneers contribute to the 1st Virtual E.Y.E Summit

At the beginning of July we were very pleased to take part in the 1st Virtual E.Y.E. Summit – (part of the Eco Young and Engaged Project) where we contributed 2 video workshops. Originally the workshops would have been in person but with the COVID-19 Lockdown, the organisers did a sterling job of moving the event online. You can find out more on the E.Y.E Project website.


Buzz Balms Back in Stock!

Looking for a last minute feel good stocking filler? Our Worthing buzz balms are back in stock at Larder (The wonderful zero waste shop in Montague Street).
All we ask in return for one of them is a suggested donation of £3-£5 to go towards purchasing new beehives, suits and equipment in 2020. They come in 2 yummy flavours – mint & frankincense and clemantine & cinnamon and contain our very own beeswax, cocoa butter, rosehip, borage, olive and coconut oil. Hurry while stocks last 🙂 and thank you for your support x


Worthing Community Chest AGM

On the evening of 14th November the Chamber at Worthing Town Hall was packed out with representatives from local organisations, the Mayor of Worthing and other local dignitaries, for the Annual General Meeting of Worthing Community Chest. As a past recipient of funding, Worthing Honey Collective is featured in this year’s Annual Report from Worthing Community Chest, which was distributed at the event. You can find out more about Worthing Community Chest via their website or FaceBook page.