Save the Bees Project in London culminates with a Paint Party, Music and Free Seeds at Rockwell House

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Inspiring City

Campaigning street artists Louis Masai and Jim Vision have joined forces over the past week to raise awareness amongst London’s Eastenders about the dangers posed to Britains Bee population.

The issue has been well trailled over the past few years with more and more acknowledgment given to the fact that if something isn’t done soon then a key part of our eco-system could end up seizing up as the pollinators suddenly disappear.

Jim Vision live painting at Rockwell House Jim Vision live painting at Rockwell House

In order to highlight the issue, walls have been painted across the East End in Shoreditch, Hackney and Bethnal Green and the message couldn’t be any more clear ‘When we go, we’re taking you all with us’. The hashtag #savethebees is the call to action and anyone turning up to see the artists painting could go home with a packet of free seeds which local folk will plant in their own…

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Bees Live Danger

I have been away from the computer for a little while, that’s for sure! Things really do pick up quickly once the bee season starts. I’m currently looking after my own hives and getting geared up for when my Dad’s buckwheat crop comes into full-swing. Buckwheat honey tends to be a little strong-flavoured in my opinion, but tastes amazing when mixed with another kind such as sunflower or wildflower.

I’m also working on a longer article about the science behind how the queen honey bee keeps millions of sperm alive in her spermatheca for more than 4 years; a topic that has interested me so much that I want to get right to the bottom of it before I rise it to the top!

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of me “hard at work” at one of my friend’s bee-yards in Ottawa.

Bee Good!

Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber