All posts tagged: bees

The growing place – The Field, Weleda UK

As I walked around the Weleda Gardens with Head Gardener Claire Hatterley, you can’t help but realise that nature is the teacher here. I was lucky enough to be shown around one of Weleda UK’s biodynamic gardens ‘The Field’ by Head Gardener, Claire Hattersley. Claire has tended these 13 hectares of land for over 20 years. Not only did she tour me around the meadows and crops she describes more as a ‘nature reserve’ than a garden, she also invited me to learn about biodynamic agriculture first hand – helping the team plant a new field of Calendula. I chatted Claire about how she grew a nature reserve, in the very meadow it all started. Growing a nature reserve “This meadow was actually grown 15 years ago by myself and a team. We trod the land with our boots, not with mechanical rollers.” “Machinery didn’t do it, people did it.” “And this become the seeding meadow for all the other meadows is on the site. And now our local wildlife trust is taking our seeds …

Today’s bee crisis was predicted back in 1923

Rudolf Steiner predicted in 1923 that in about 80 -100 years bees will suffer a major crisis – mainly due to the artificial breeding of queens. This week, I had the amazing experience of being able to see biodynamic beekeeping at work, and to see the relocation of a bee swarm without artificial breeding of a queen. It led me to look into Steiner’s theories of the great value of bees in nature and his predictions for what would endanger them. The Goetheanum, the stage where Steiner delivered many of his 15 talks on this topic looms over me while I research and write this article. I can’t help but imagine the people walking up that same hill I have to ask their own questions about the state of bees – the same things I am wanting to know more about, 95 years later. We have all read countless articles about the fact that over sixty percent of the American honeybee population has died during the past ten years, and that it’s a problem the …

Where would we bee…?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we had no bees? I usually love ‘What if’ style wonders… but I don’t like this one, one bit. Because the reality is we would have no fruit. No vegetables. No flowers. If pollinators disappear, we will all get stung. Pollination is vital to plants, to bees, to humans. Without it plants can’t reproduce. If don’t give bees a safe home in a biodiverse environment, they can’t give one back to us. ‘Native bees are amazing little creatures that we really want to have in our gardens, at school, wherever they may be. They are amazing pollinators and that’s just what our plants need to grow the fruit, vegies and flowers we love.’ Costa Georgiadis, Gardening Australia host. What is causing a decline in the bee population? Disease, the Varroa Mite parasite, pesticides as well as plant mono culture and changing climates are the lead causes. How can we bee the solution? New research suggests that to strengthen the immune system of the bees to keep them …