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Preview: Bee and Pollination Festival 2019

By lowie trevena, Friday Aug 30, 2019

Celebrating its tenth birthday in 2019, the Bee and Pollination Festival returns to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden on August 31 and September 1.

With demonstrations, stalls, tours and poetry, it’s a feast for the senses and just a short walk from the nearby Downs Festival.

Dedicated to the importance of bees, pollination and honey, the festival brings together science and beekeepers to provide a weekend of rich natural history and ground breaking research.

The Bee and Pollination Festival is a chance to learn all about the importance of bees

In 2019, botanic garden will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm each day. On Saturday, some of the highlights include a talk from the director of the garden on how important pollinators are to creating food and a talk from project manager of Feed Bristol, Matt Cracknell, on creating environments where both people and wildlife can thrive.

Sunday’s programme includes an introduction to beekeeping, a talk from Dr Rowena Jenkins on the medicinal potential of Manuka honey and a discussion on current research surrounding natural beekeeping with Monica Barlow from Bees for Development.

There will also be stalls, tours and exhibitions on both days. There will be the chance to enjoy the Facing up to Beetles exhibition by Michael Darby and poetry tour by local wordsmiths both days at 11am.

Stallholders include bee, wildlife and botanical organisations. There will also be an opportunity to try honey cakes, learn how to build bee skeps and much more during the two-day festival that never fails to cause a buzz.

Tickets are free for under 18s and £8 for everyone else. Find out more at www.botanic-garden.bristol.ac.uk/event/bee-and-pollination-festival

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