A CHARITY which helps beekeepers held an informative event raising awareness of the work they do worldwide.
Bees for Development were joined by people from various parishes in the borough, representatives from Ealing and District and Harrow and District Bee Keepers Association and allotment societies last Saturday (June 15).
The afternoon at Ealing Abbey, Charlbury Grove, involved a talk by Lizzie McLeod, a representative from the organisation, a lecture given by Father James Leachman, botanist and Beekeeper from Ealing Abbey, a tour of the gardens and a chance for attendees to socialise and discuss their interests in the field.
Helen Sparling, a member of the Justice and Peace group based in Ealing Abbey, said: "The talks were very informative and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made good contacts. It got a lot of people together who would not have otherwise and they realised they share the same interests.
"Lizzie from Bees for Development gave an absolutely riveting talk about the charity and the work they do around the world. They educate Beekeepers in many places, have one of the finest databases about bee keeping and take their work to Africa and other third world locations."
Ms Sparling said that the charity teaches people how to manage their bees and produce organic honey to sell to more lucrative markets for a fairer price. She said that it allows people to sell into the European Union which they could not do before.
Mr Leachman discussed biodiversity and which plants and flowers we can grow in Ealing to attract bees and butterflies so that they can be sustained.
Ms Sparling said: "It was interesting because he was talking about how we have got salmon and otters in the River Thames and whether as a community we can manage to bring such species to the River Brent."
Bees for Development is a UK registered charity which helps Beekeepers, especially the poor and marginalised, keep bees in order to provide sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families, whilst conserving biodiversity.
As well as working in Africa and Asia, the charity takes a global view of beekeeping which enables unique insights into the trends and challenges of this often neglected sector of agriculture.