The leaflet (Bicentenary Trail), at first glance, looks superb, so well done once more…I wonder if it would be possible to use some of the text (and pics that aren’t copy righted) in a blog post around the anniversary please? I’d credit you and your team and promote the trail if that’s of any interest.
My visit today was a real pleasure. It’s always great to meet enthusiastic and committed people and you certainly have plenty of those!
I’ve started writing up my feedback report which I hope you will find useful.
All the best to you and your colleagues, especially with your Hooker celebrations. Unfortunately I’ll be abroad when you launch it, but I will make appoint of revisiting Halesworth and spending more time looking around.
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We have so many swarms in the Thoroughfare because they live in the large chimney opposite Durrants. Unless you capture the queen its impossible to get rid of them and we want bees around . However the swarms collected cost bee keepers money as they have to be fed and nurtured before the can produce excess honey Its an expensive time consuming business and we have to thank our enthusiastic bee keepers for keeping them.
Why we need bees
Bees are pollinators vital to our food chains. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees.
The limbs and mouthparts of bees are neat examples of adaptation and engineering.
The harvest from honey bees of honey, pollen, wax and propolis has nutritional, craft, manufacturing, and medical applications.
Pollination by bees is vital for genetic sustainability. Genes that have evolved in other animals are important to our future too.
In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from, visits from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of feed for farm animals. The economic value of honey bees and bumblebees as pollinators of commercially grown insect-pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year.
Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease.
Attitudes to bees must change and ou young people needs to be educated about the value of bees and the threats to their existence.
Transformational work in the Park today. A huge thanks to Eric Hurren and his team - they have taken out massive bramble roots and the upended roots of the tree that blew down.and to Craig who has put up our compost bins.
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
~ Byron, She walks in Beauty