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Bee and Pollination Festival draws a crowd

9 September 2017

This year’s Bee and Pollination Festival drew a large crowd over the weekend despite road closures caused by the Downs Concert. Over 1500 people flooded through the gates on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, and enjoyed the garden in mixed bag of weather from warm sunshine on Saturday to much needed rain on Sunday.

Highlights during the Festival included talks by: Professor Jane Memmott’s about new research into bees and other pollinators behaviour, Dr Rowena Jenkins spoke about the medicinal properties of honey highlighting ancient Egyptian and 12Century Welsh texts recommending honey to heal skin through to modern Manuka honey’s legendary healing properties. Visitors looking for practical knowledge could watch the Bristol beekeeping demonstrations where the local beekeeper dismantled a hive taking visitors through its individual components and finding the all-important queen bee. Nurseries selling plants and some of the University’s researchers discussing their research into bee and pollination were on hand to meet with the public.

The event’s focus is public engagement and brings scientists and the public together in the beautiful Botanic Garden where Bristol Bee Keepers hold their annual Honey Show. This year’s winner of the Silver Queen Trophy was Susan Carter of Bishopston.

The event will return in 2018, keep an eye on our website for dates and information.