Worthing Honey Collective

You may have heard about the serious threat to bee-life and pollinators in the news. But did you know one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollination? Or that in one worker bee’s lifetime, she’ll produce just 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey?

Worthing Honey Collective, set up by We Are FoodPioneers, is our response to this growing crisis…Worthing’s first community-supported beehive and pollination programme.

It aims to:

  • help set up and train people to maintain beehives across rooftops and gardens of our town.
  • increase vital pollinators in our neighbourhood.
  • educate people of all ages to provide forage and support for bees.

We currently have seven hives across sites in Worthing, supported and maintained by our team of volunteer beekeepers, with funding and support from partners including Rampion Wind Farm, South Downs Leisure, Worthing Community Chest, West Sussex County Council and the Town Centre Initiative.

We also run the ‘Brood Chamber’, an informal monthly group meeting where residents can learn more about bees, beekeeping and other pollinators, and eventually join the Collective to look after the hives.

Bumper crop

2019 was a bumper crop for the Collective, with honey made by our bee colonies headed up by three queens: Agatha, Houdini and Victoria (we like to name our queen bees!) Gratitude to the bees for all their hard and tireless work.

As a result, our very own Worthing honey, plus a range of other honey related products, will be available to buy from our online shop and other outlets, with profits going back to running the project.

2020 and beyond

Despite the pandemic, we’ve been busy developing and co-creating with our Worthing Community an exciting programme for 2020/21. If you have ideas or activities you’d like to develop with us, please get in touch. It’s a collective effort. We really want to put Worthing on the map as a place where pollinators in community matter.

We especially want to inspire local schools, community groups, colleges, local businesses, residents (OK, that’s everyone then!…) to learn and understand more about pollinating insects and the vital role they play in putting food on our plates. Please get in touch—we’d love to hear from you.

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