Our first event of 2015 took us “Back to Basics”, with a couple of new members in the Honey Club community and a fresh new year we wanted to get back to our roots and understand what we do and why we do it.
We hosted the event in Wolff Olins event space next to the canal with Global Generation and Urban Bees. Each of us set up a stand for guests to visit as we explained a little more about the interconnectedness between the bees and us.
Stuart, our resident beekeeper hosted a honey tasting, taking us through 6 different honeys. We had the Honey Club honey from Wolff Olins’ roof and the Skip Garden as well as Regent’s Park Honey, Urban Bees, Tesco Finest Acacia and a Gales set honey. They were all delicious but it was fascinating tasting the differences between honey from hives which are so close. The Skip Garden and the Wolff Olins honey are metres apart yet only one tastes of lemon and lime and the Regent’s Park honey had a hint of mint!
Global Generation showed their film, Stories for a Better World which took us on a 14 billion year journey from the big bang to present day, all from the perspective of the bee. “The honey-bee is the starting point for children and young people on the project to explore cultural creation stories and the scientific origins of the Universe, as a fresh and different doorway into social and environmental responsibility.”
Urban Bees brought with them a virtual hive, which is a great tool to learn about the conditions generally found within a typical brood box at various times of the season. Brian from Urban Bees gave a fascinating introductory talk into the world of bees. Everyone particularly enjoyed the interactive bee waggle dance we had to do for eachother! Did you know that by performing the waggle dance they can share information about the direction and distance to the flowers bearing the best nectar and pollen?
“I found the experience interesting in the sense that the different branches connected by the honey bees (people, nature and business) highlighted the diversity of a day in the life of a bee, and the making of honey. It was great to interact with various people of different perspectives, and look at everything from the way we communicate with each other verbally to the foods we eat and how and with what.” Ranya, 14.
Olivia Saponaro, Wolff Olins