Out of 10,000 entries, only 141 made the 3-star Great Taste Awards 2016 grade. Including our Bermondsey Street Honey. And now we’re in the Top 50, with a shot at a “Golden Fork” Award (no sniggering at the back!)
But that’s enough from me. Here’s what the judges said:
Just in time for Spring, we’ve posted our new guide to Bee-Friendly Rooftop Planting. You can download it here.
The guide’s been expertly researched and written for us by London-based garden designer Jane Finlay. Jane trained at Kew and was recently a finalist in the Society of Garden Design Student Award. Massive thanks to Jane for her inspiring urban forage suggestions. You can find out more about her distinctive approach to garden design at janefinlay.london.
I’m passionate about raw, artisanal honey. Which means that I’m fervent about forage provision. So Saturday was the day for some incremental planting in our edible (for bees and humans) Leathermarket Gardens project.
The saddest sight a beekeeper can see is a huddle of dead bees, heads thrust deep inside empty wax cells, with the queen dead in the middle. And the wretched thing is that they had starved just an inch away from a broad, golden arc of honey. This phenomenon is called “Isolation Starvation“.
Along with Earth, Air and Fire, Water is one of the elements common to ancient Greek, Buddhist and Hindu philosophies. And even when modern scientists scan for signs of extra-terrestrial existence, water is the first thing they look for. Water is vital to life. So why don’t bees store water?
In 2010, the UK elected a coalition government, Bradley Manning contacted WikiLeaks, an Icelandic volcano erupted, BP spilt oil in the Gulf Of Mexico, Spain won the World Cup, Greece went bankrupt and beekeeping was legalized in New York City. Astonishing, isn’t it ?