Hexham BKA currently comprises about 160 beekeepers and covers a large and dispersed geographical area in south and west Northumberland. Individual beekeepers can often feel isolated when it comes to seeking advice or needing a helping hand with their bees. In June 2016, we sought members’ views on the prospect of creating self-supporting groups of Bee Buddies to address this concern. (Details are available here.)
It was proposed to establish a network of local Bee Buddy groups, based on relative proximity, who were either seeking more experience or prepared to offer advice and guidance to others or who were otherwise willing to ‘lend a hand’, as their own time and inclination permitted.
Following the response to the consultation, six local Bee Buddy groups have now been set up in the following broad localities:
- West Tyne – South Tyne – Allen Valleys
- Hexham – Chollerford – Slaley
- Prudhoe and Stocksfield
- East Tyne Valley
- Ponteland and Stamfordham / Newcastle and North Tyneside
- Shotley Bridge
Participation is entirely voluntary and it is for each group to establish for themselves the degree of mutual support required or offered to group members.
Any member(s) interested in becoming a Bee Buddy either by establishing further groups or by joining an existing group can contact Mark Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org .