Taunton Beekeepers are receiving a boost thanks to Bee Happy talks given by local counselling and training company New Leaf Life Design.
Mary Adams, Chairman of Taunton Beekeepers, said they were delighted to receive fifty per cent of the company’s fees for their Bee Happy Stress Talks: “This is very generous of New Leaf Design and comes at a really critical time in the life of the group.”
She added: “Plans to build the first centre of excellence for beekeeping in the South West at our apiary are well advanced and this donation is very welcome.”
The Centre will be used to promote apiculture through lectures and practical courses at a time when honeybees are under serious threat from Varroa mites and viruses.
Becky Wright, Director of New Leaf Life Design based at Rumwell Hall near Taunton, ran a ‘Bee Happy: Managing Stress and Anxiety’ workshop at Taunton School.
Becky Wright said: “As a company we are building economic, social and environmental sustainability into everything we do and are committed to the local environment.”
Taunton School’s human resources manager, Johanne Davey, added that the workshop was part of their investment in their employees’ wellbeing and follows the school’s gold accreditation in the Investors in People scheme.
For further information:
Taunton Beekeepers: Anne Pike tel: 01823 490170/07971 275840
New Leaf Life Design: Becky Wright tel: 07590 684888
• For nearly 60 years Taunton & District Beekeepers has used its teaching apiary at Heatherton Park to promote apiculture through lectures, a practical training scheme for new beekeepers and follow-on theory courses.
• Heatherton Park apiary has been designated as a sentinel apiary for detecting the small hive beetle. Sentinel apiaries are set up around the country to provide an early warning of notifiable pests and diseases.
• Taunton Beekeepers plan to build the first centre of excellence for beekeeping in the South West by erecting a new building at their apiary. The Centre would be used to promote apiculture through lectures and practical courses.
• There are about 150 members of Taunton Beekeepers.