We had a great meeting last week at the Bicycle Shop in Norwich to plan out our activity for 2012. It was great to see everyone, and to hear so much enthusiasm for Norwich Community Bees!
First of all, we talked about visiting the hive and seeing what's happening with our bees. The view was that it's best to leave the bees alone until towards the end of March (subject to weather - if it gets warmer, we'll bring that forward). As people's availability will vary due to work, and other, commitments, we'll need to make sure we give everyone a chance to join in on a practical level if they want to.
We currently have the one hive, but the group was very keen on building up the numbers, and to this end,we're planning on building a Top Bar Hive (or two) during February / March. Everyone was really keen to get stuck in and help, which was great!
Food for our bees was very much on our minds, and we talked about the work the Bungay Beekeepers are doing to provide bee corridors of wild flowers. We want to see if there's any scope to plant some wild meadow flowers in the borders of the farm.
We also talked about money and membership; to make this work, we will need to pay for various things this year - we now have a bank account and we're happy to take cash, cheques or online payments - membership for 2012 is just £20.