At Hunters Forest Hill, we love that there is so much going on in the local community. The individuality and passion found in many small groups and clubs help to create the vibrant area that we all benefit from. If you are looking for a new group to enjoy in the local area, or you want to play your part in supporting a cause you believe in, beekeeping may be something of interest.
While there has been an avalanche of news stories to keep you entertained or horrified this year, you will likely have read about the plight of bees. Bees are vital for more than just honey, and their pollination skills play a critical role in the growth, creation and development of many of the things we love and take for granted today. Bees are also a great reflection of nature, and as bees are in trouble, it is an indicator of things not being the way they should be in nature.
Be active in supporting the bees
There are plenty of small steps you can take, such as planting bee-friendly plants in your garden or setting up a bee bath but one good way to play your part is to support your local beekeeping group. Beekeepers nurture bees and help maintain and develop their presence in the local community.
In Forest Hill, the Bromley Beekeepers are active, and their club apiary is at Kent House Road allotments. Their website, Bromley Bee Keepers, provides a lot of useful information and ways you can get involved. However, twice a year, the group has an open day at the allotment. You’ll find the beekeepers have a display, and you can even buy honey and candles from them.
Of course, in the run-up to Christmas, you may be looking for a unique gift for a loved one, and a honey-based product may be exactly what you are looking for. If this sounds like a sweet deal, check out their website and see what they have to offer.
There are ways you can benefit by supporting the beekeeping community
You may be surprised at the ways you can get involved with the beekeeping community, and how it can be of benefit to you. One group that has been brought to our attention is Sydenham Garden, a charity which uses gardening as a therapy. One of the treatments they provide draws on their allotment on De Frene Road, which has a beehive.
If you would like to learn more about this group, check out their website.
Horniman beehive and real live honey bees
Bees have played a prominent part in the story of Forest Hill. Anyone who has spent time exploring the wonders of Horniman Museum will know all about their beehives in the gardens. You have a chance to see hundreds of real live honey bees in their special hive.
Also, if you would like to learn more about bees, and their presence in the local area, look out for a talk from the Horniman Beekeeper. If you visit the Horniman website, you can see Peter the beekeeper talking about Forest Hill bees. There is no denying children are more motivated if they see the connection with their own world, so learning about bees in Forest Hill is the ideal way for youngsters to develop an interest.
At Hunters Forest Hill, we know finding the ideal area for you and your loved ones is difficult, but we believe you’ll feel right at home in this part of London. If you aim to buy, sell, let your home or rent property, we are active in New Cross, Peckham, Dulwich and Brockley, in addition to Forest Hill, so get in touch with one of the top three agents in London, and we will be happy to assist you.