Dispatch from Devon: Talking bees on “Talking Bees”

Totnes castle


Beekeeper John Howe on his experiences in Devon, UK, where they are working on getting town council approval to keep bees on the historic Totnes castle meadow.

Hello there from Totnes, Devon!

Been here since December and I am finally getting my feet on the ground in the beekeeping world. Here’s what’s up:

First off, my wife, Ann, and I made the acquaintance of one Larch Maxey an environmentalist and transition town (henceforward “TT”) activist and we have become good friends. A really sweet guy. I approached him with the idea of going in together with me on a beehive on his allotment (patch of community garden). Turns out we’re going into a bigger notion.  You see, he is also a member of a local group called ” Little Bo People” who managed to get town council approval for keeping sheep on the Totnes castle meadow (qv), which is public property. They have now diversified and also want approval for fruit trees and bees on the meadow. So we have put together a proposal to that effect. Larch and I are co-chairs of a Little Bo Bee People (as I call us) sub-committee.

I would be in charge of two hives on the meadow and Larch and the rest of the sub-committee (there are two more) would be my assistants. The proposal is now ready to submit and we shall see what the council decides. I will keep you apprised of developments as they go on.

Cheers then! Later!