We host a varied and regular flow of events throughout the year. These events are a mixture of evening presentations and social events, local outdoor projects, walks and visits further afield to places of interest. If you know of new topics or fresh approaches to events, visits and projects, the Committee would like to hear from you. Reports on those events can be found using this link.
We had our very own Lynsted apiarist, Kay Wreyford, come to speak to 24 of us at Green Street Hall on Wednesday 19th April. Kay, who is not only a bee keeper but also a DEFRA Seasonal Bee inspector, gave an extremely interesting and enthusiastic presentation, taking us through the history of bee keeping, the annual cycle of a bee keepers’ maintenance of hives, and some of the problems and pests that affect the colonies. Of particular note was the potential danger of the Asian Hornet, a predatory wasp (see picture), which has gradually migrated from the Far East as far as northern France and could undoubtedly decimate our hives if it reaches Kent; we were all urged to report any sightings. A clue is in another name for this hornet - the "yellow-legged" hornet that contrast with its broadly black thorax/body & single yellow stripe.
Afterwards we had an opportunity to taste (and buy) some of her local honey, the taste of which varies depending on where the bees forage; for example, honey from lavender nectar tasted completed different to that from rape seed plants. Regardless of source, they were all delicious. We also saw (and tasted) 'early season' honeys that are distinct from 'summer' honeys.
Speaker: Dick Bolton. Lutyens had a hand in some inspirational architecture and garden designs. This celebration of his inspiration will inform those who join us next month on our visit to "The Salutation" Garden.
Venue: Lynsted Church. Details will be decided and added nearer the date
Date for your diary: Details have been given to Members, who have first refusal on available places. A magnificent Lutyens designed Garden set around "The Salutation".