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World bee day 2018 Monmouth - 16 May 2018

Monmouth ready to host UK's only ‘World Bee Day’ festival


Wednesday 16 May 2018



The town of Monmouth is buzzing ahead of the 2018 Bee Festival on Sunday (May 20), celebrating the world’s first United Nations awareness day for bees.


Bees for Development (BfD) and Bee Friendly Monmouthshire are hosting the event at The Nelson Garden.  This is Monmouth’s third bee festival - set to be the “biggest and best yet” and the UK’s only Festival marking UN World Bee Day.

There will be a host of activities and family fun at the festival throughout the day.  Artizani Bee Theatre, live bees, honey tasting, children’s games, competitions, plant stalls and refreshments will pack out Nelson Garden from 10am.


A Bee Safari, weather permitting, will be led before the festival by bee specialist Roger Ruston, from 9am.


BfD's Agincourt Street shop will also be open from 10am, until 4pm, offering a unique blend of honeys, and other bee-inspired products - including mead, ceramics, candles and organic produce.


Dr Nicola Bradbear, founder of BfD, said: "Bees for Development and Bee Friendly Monmouthshire are so proud to host the third Monmouth Bee Festival on Sunday – set to be the biggest and best yet.


“We all owe so much to bees. BfD witnesses every day how they revitalise impoverished communities across the planet, by delivering sustainable livelihoods.


“This Monmouth festival is all about celebrating bees – with a range of fantastic activities for everyone at Nelson Garden and across the town from 10am.  


“With live bees, a bee theatre, family fun activities, competitions, plants, stalls, food, drink and so much more, there’ll be a real buzz across Monmouth.  We're encouraging everyone in the local community to support the event and show their love for bees.”


Sunday’s event is set to see Monmouth become the only UK location to host a festival marking the first World Bee Day.


The General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution to declare May 20 as World Bee Day. Slovenia proposed the proclamation to the UN - and 115 UN Member States co-sponsored the move.


Dr Bradbear added:  “The declaration of May 20 as World Bee Day was a momentous occasion – providing further recognition of the importance of bees, and encouraging greater understanding as to the need to create bee-friendly communities across the globe.


“BfD supports beekeepers in developing countries in Africa, Asia and central America - and we see the transformative power of bees, bringing hope and opportunity to some of the planet's most isolated communities.


“We hope Sunday’s festival in Monmouth helps raise awareness of bees, beekeeping, and what we can all do to help this amazing creature flourish."


For further details about the Monmouth Bee Festival, please e-mail, or visit the event page on the Bees for Development website.


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