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Urban Beekeeping

Discover the fascinating world of keeping bees in the city with Bermondsey Street Bees and community garden beekeeper Carole Wright.

How can we make our urban spaces more bee-friendly? What should we be planting in our gardens to keep these important insects happy and healthy?

In this panel chat, Alice Vincent will talk to Sarah Wyndham Lewis and Dale Gibson, co-founders of Bermondsey Street Bees, a multi-award winning sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business with over 100 hives across London.

They will be joined by Carole Wright, an activist, community gardener and beekeeper, who currently manages two South London community gardens.

This talk is part of our Overwinter programme supported by Seedlip.

Speaker bios

  • Bermondsey Street Bees

    Bermondsey Street Bees

    Sarah Wyndham Lewis, Honey Sommelier, and Dale Gibson, Beekeeper, are co-founders of Bermondsey Street Bees, a multi-award winning sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business, founded in 2007. It has over 100 hives in Central and East London as well as country hives in Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. Bermondsey Street Bees pioneers sustainable urban beekeeping strategies through its forage planting initiatives, collaborations with local gardening charities and other projects including a best-selling book ‘Planting for Honeybees’. Voted Britain’s ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ in 2016, Bermondsey Street Bees has also twice been awarded ‘Best Honey in London’ (200 & 2017) as well as being named as one of London’s ‘Top 20 Food Producers’ and ‘Top 50 Food Heroes.’

  • Carole Wright

    Carole Wright

    Carole Wright is an activist, community gardener and beekeeper. Her career involves community garden creation, beekeeping and leading artist walks and workshops for Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Showroom, Whitechapel Art Gallery, St Mungo’s and Peabody Trust. Wright currently manages two community gardens across South London. From housing estates to church gardens, she works with primary and secondary schools pupils, and housing estates residents with the support of housing managers, church users groups and local councillors.

  • Alice Vincent

    Alice Vincent

    Alice Vincent is an author, journalist and self-taught urban gardener. She has kept a column with The Telegraph since 2014, and brought out her first book, How to Grow Stuff: no stress gardening for beginners, in March 2017. She documents her growing adventures through Instagram and a newsletter under Noughticulture.