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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Hundreds of supporters of Bees for Development gathered to celebrate bees and the work of the Charity in the gardens of Marlborough House, a former Royal Palace and HQ for The Commonwealth.
The BBC’s Martha Kearney hosted the Party together with Classic FM’s Bill Turnbull. During the evening Martha interviewed some of the bee personalities enjoying the Party, including Peter Tompkins, Master of The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, artists Alex Hirtzel and Kurt Jackson, Jeweller Alex Monroe, author Laline Paull, Idle beekeeper Bill Anderson and stock-broker-turned beekeeper Dale Gibson of Bermondsey Street Bees.
Guests were entertained by the panache of Artizani’s stylish and fun bee theatre, displays including bee hives from all around the world, and Chris Park’s skep making. They could sample Dr Sara’s latest Bath Potions, taste honey with The London Honey Company and mead with New Quay Honey Farm. Chef Elizabeth Parker served fantastic veggie food featuring only bee-pollinated delicacies, with sparkling wines, organic gin fizz, mimosa cocktails and honey beer. Meanwhile, self-styled bad beekeeper Bill Turnbull auctioned a range of exclusive bee-related luxuries, fabulous holidays, hampers and jewellery, including a jar of his own honey which raised £350 for the cause!
The silent auction was a huge hit too, with guests bidding for treats from champagne teas to bee-themed jewellery and artwork.
Political Guests included Government Ministers Michael Gove and Lord Alli, while bee researcher Professor Dave Goulson promised that topical new findings on neonicotinoid pesticides would feature in the following day’s news.
The Bee Garden Party was a great success. We thank everyone who bought tickets and the many companies and individuals who gave their time, produce and skills to create a unique and fun evening.
Bees for Development works in the world’s poorest countries, enabling people to become self-reliant through beekeeping and to protect habitat for bees. Thank you for supporting our work.