Jonathan Palmer (JP) looks after the bees in the two hives behind St John’s, checks on them weekly, and was able to harvest 33 jars worth of delicious honey recently! There may be a few pots of St John’s honey still available. If interested contact JP directly (call/text/what’s app 07836542197). A jar costs £8.99 with all proceeds coming back into the church. JP has provided some interesting detail on honey bees below:
Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit. Honey bees are most famous for producing delicious honey, of course! But did you know they produce honey as food stores for their hives during winter? Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce 2-3 times more honey than they need, so we get to enjoy the tasty treat, too!
There are three types of bee in a hive.
1)The Queen. Her job is to run the whole hive and lay the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees. The queen also produces chemicals that guide the behaviour of the other bees. The queen can live up to five years, and in the summer can lay up to 2,500 eggs a day!
2) Workers: these are all female and their roles are to forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean and circulate air by beating their wings. Workers are the only bees most people ever see flying around outside the hive. The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. During this time, she’ll produce around a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
3) Drones: These are the male bees, and their purpose is to mate with the new queen. Several hundred live in each hive during the spring and summer. But come winter, when the hive goes into survival mode, the drones are kicked out!