On the evening of Thursday October 22nd ARCH Chairs Sylvia and Stewart attended the award ceremony of the RHS Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ (IYN) scheme. This national campaign is an inclusive, non-competitive scheme that promotes volunteer groups making their neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and safer to live in, all working with the local community for the benefit of the community.
IYN 2015 certificate
The activities of ARCH supporters during 2014-15 were assessed by Barry Cruse, the retiring chairman of the ‘Bath in Bloom’ Committee, in terms of Community Participation, Environmental Responsibility and Gardening Achievement (see Assessment Form).
Last year, the first year of our entering the scheme under the ‘Beechen Bees’ banner, we were delighted to gain a level 4 award of ‘Thriving’.
This year, our range of activities and community involvement surpassed all our expectations and resulted in ‘More Beechen Bees’ being awarded the highest level score of ‘Outstanding’.
Our award was presented by the Mayor of Bath, Cllr. Will Sandry, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Restaurant in the Park, where all the Bath participating groups had assembled.
The residents of Bath owe a huge debt of gratitude to Barry Cruse and his wife Carol for their work over the years improving and promoting the beauty and attractiveness of Bath.
For details of the judging criteria and information about other groups and their achievements in this year’s competition, click here: IYN assessment criteria for 2015
We’ve just heard that our ARCH activities during 2015, under the ‘Beechen Bees’ banner, have earned us the top award of ‘Outstanding’ in the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, the aims of which are to make our area safer, cleaner, greener and an all-round better place to live. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has helped or taken part in ARCH community and gardening activities over the past year.
Full details of our award will be posted on the website in the near future.
Unstacking the hive
By now most of you will know about our exciting new residents in the ARCH/St. Marks Road area. The hives are owned and managed by Andy Hepburn who recently moved to the area. Take a look at the “Beechen Bees” section of our widcombewest website to read Andy’s illustrated article introducing his bee colonies and describing how he manages them. It’s fascinating stuff!
Here are the dates on which Bee Visits with Andy Hepburn can be booked:
August: Sat 8th, Sat 15th, Fri 21st
September: Sat 5th, Sat 12th, Sat 19th, Sat 26th
Go to http://tinyurl.com/BeeVisit to book your place! It’s really simple – just tick the date you can do and enter your email address so that you can receive confirmation. The “Beechen Bees” section of the site (link above) also includes detailed information about what the visits entail and a list of do’s and dont’s.
Do take up this unique opportunity to take a close look at what the bees get up to – Andy has purchased all the protective kit. If you have any questions, simply email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are lucky to have some new neighbours who have recently moved to Bath from West London – a couple of colonies of honey bees belonging to Andy and Amelia Hepburn of 31 Calton Walk. Andy has kindly offered to host small groups to accompany him on his weekend maintenance Bee Visits. The hives are a few minutes’ walk away.
The Bee Visits will normally take place on Saturdays or Sundays when Andy carries out his routine inspection and maintenance of the hives. The dates available this month are: July 18th and 25th.
Andy has had to limit the number of visitors to FOUR at a time. If you wish to join us on a visit please CLICK HERE to visit the booking site and reserve your place.
To find out more about what the visits entail and conditions, and before trying to book yourself onto one of the dates, please read the attached notes.
Advice Notes on Bee Management Visits