A world without strawberries, apples and chocolate would be bleak indeed! All these and many more foods rely on insect pollination. The Bee and Pollination Festival presents the very latest stories on how you can help the bees and other vital pollinators. Learn about the secret sex life of orchids. See incredible wildlife illustration. Join a honey mystery tour.
Main exhibitors have included the Bristol Beekeepers Association, and their highly popular Honey Show, the University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences, Mad Apple Cider, Writhlington School Orchid Project, Avon Organic Group, nurseries selling insect-friendly plants, and wildlife charities including Feed Bristol, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Bristol Naturalists Society, Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge, and the global Bees for Development.
Demonstrations and talks range from beekeeping techniques and the workings of a live hive, to research projects about urban pollinators, how to build skeps and weave enchanting willow sculptures.
The festival is hosted and produced by the University of Bristol Botanic Garden.