Bungay Community Bees, Suffolk
Gemma Parker and Elinor McDowall launched Bungay Community Bees in April 2010 as a response to the worldwide decline of honey bees. Part of Suffolk’s first Transition Town, Sustainable Bungay, the project works to increase the number of honey bees locally and to share an enthusiasm for and knowledge about bees and pollinators.
In addition to the £20 subscription paid every January by the group’s 50 members, Bungay Community Bees regularly receives donations and gifts of beekeeping equipment and bees from local supporters. With no paid staff the project relies on two beekeepers and a volunteer core group of five to carry out day to day tasks with a larger pool of supporters to run events. Honey and, potentially, other hive products are shared annually but members primarily join to support bees and get involved in the project’s three main strands: beekeeping, plants for bees, and education and outreach.