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JOIN THE BUZZ AT THE BEE AND HONEY FESTIVAL

PUBLISHED: 10:49 24 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013

JOIN THE BUZZ AT THE BEE AND HONEY FESTIVAL

JOIN THE BUZZ AT THE BEE AND HONEY FESTIVAL

The Bee and Honey Festival at Bristol Botanic Garden aims to highlight the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production.

JOIN THE BUZZ AT THE BEE AND HONEY FESTIVAL
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL BOTANIC GARDEN
8 and 9 SEPTEMBER 10am-5pm


Gardens and allotments are increasingly important habitats where insects can find nectar and pollen. There has been a dramatic decline in bee and pollinator populations in recent years.Yet it has been estimated that the value of insect-pollinated fruits and vegetables grown in the UK is about 220 million a year. This Festival aims to highlight the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and the importance of bees and other pollinators for food production.


This years theme focuses on vegetable growing and Bristol City Council Allotments Team will show a host of ideas for improving your efforts with their garden displays. The Avon Bee Keeping Association will stage their annual Bristol Honey Festival, with displays of honey and bee products. A live hive will give visitors an insight into the workings of the honey-bee along with talks and displays on the importance and pleasure of keeping bees.


The event will feature research by the Universitys School of Biological Sciences into the current alarming decline in bee and pollinator numbers and what is being done to better understand the reasons for the decline and how it can be reversed.


A host of other exhibitors will include sculpture, local cider apple producers and beer tastings. Orchid enthusiasts, including Writhlington School Orchid Project, will show the relationship between pollinators and flowers in a display of orchids. Local nurseries will be selling a wide range of plants aimed at providing nectar for bees and habitats for wildlife.


Nick Wray, Curator at the Botanic Garden, said: The weekend will include lots of interactive events and displays. Orchids will feature prominently because their flowers are the most highly adapted to specific pollinators and there will be some fascinating orchid examples. The festival is a great opportunity for members of the public to see what bees and pollinators do for us.


Free tours will be offered throughout the weekend giving visitors the chance to see and learn something new about the garden which will be ablaze with September colour, including many autumn flowering salvias, anemones, grasses, toad lilies and hardy bromeliads.


Admission: 3.50 for adults; free to University staff, Friends of the Botanic Garden, students and children under 16.
Venue: University of Bristol Botanic Garden, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Bristol BS9 1JG. Tel: 0117 331 4906 www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden

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