The World's Mantra

Natural Beekeeping Trust - The World's Mantra  By Carol Ann Duffy

"Where the bees live, such places are holy places, whole and sound. Look out for them and tell the bees that we love them. Ask them what came first, the banishing of the spirits from the living world or the crushing of our own, they surely will have an answer. And if you offer them a hive, in summer time, be sure that it is a beautiful hive, in a beautiful place. Let the hive proclaim the beneficence of the being that inhabits it. Let them face the rising sun. Go there often. Go in peace. If that’s not possible because your soul is in turmoil, tell it to them, but don’t breathe on them as you will make them afraid. Bees will make all things better. Each day we can be born again among the bees; without the bees we are nothing." ~ From: Poetry: Hive & The Bees, Carol Ann Duffy, Picador

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Spirit of the Beehive

BBC Radio 4Extra  Radio Broadcast

Nina Perry's composed feature 'Spirit of the Beehive' explores our enduring relationship with the honeybee, lifting the lid of the beehive to hear some surprising lessons to be learnt through observing and working with bees, as well as how the life of bees inspires human endeavours in the arts and in business.

We follow a group of young people from Hackney in London who are passionate urban beekeepers. They work for The Golden Company, a social enterprise taking their beekeeping to new heights by installing bees on the roof of investment bank Nomura - where the bees are seen as a symbol of productivity and growth in the city.

Scientists at Sussex University explain how they are looking at ways to help the honeybee by eavesdropping in on their communication system, the waggle dance. We peek inside the bee-inspired Parisian Artist community La Ruche (the beehive) and are led through the bee sanctuary of the Natural Beekeeping Trust to discover the virtues of listening to bees.

Musician: Oli Langford (Violin)
Composer: Nina Perry

Producer: Nina Perry
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Treatment Free Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping Trust

The  approach of the NBKT is based on the premise that, if bees are given the right living conditions and left unstressed by constant interference, they are able to achieve a state of balance with their pests and diseases.

It is frequently stated that, if bees are not treated for varroa, they perish.  Yet increasing numbers of beekeepers have gone treatment-free.  Here is an article written by one of our trustees and published in BBKA News that explores the subject.