BEE COLLECTIVE - keep us buzzing!

by Caroline Birchall in SW1W, London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th July 2020 we successfully raised £6,200 with 180 supporters in 42 days

The BEE COLLECTIVE HONEY HOUSE is currently closed due to Covid-19, but with your support we can continue to help bees and beekeepers

by Caroline Birchall in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

£5000 will cover the costs of keeping our honey house for this year. With any extra funds we raise we will first buy new 'food hygiene coats' for our volunteers and replace some of our ageing tools and equipment. Our bigger plans are to expand to make bees wax products, so we would buy the equipment we need to make these and to run workshops  


I began Bee Collective in 2012  to help London's bees and beekeepers. With support from Victoria BID and Grosvenor we set up a honey house in London Victoria to extract and sell honey.  Each year since then, myself and my colleague Cassandra, have welcomed hundreds of amazing volunteers who have signed up to do something different, meet new people and help extract and jar honey from hives across the capital. Beekeepers bring honey straight from their hives to the honey house where our volunteers carefully spin and jar the honey on their behalf. The beekeeper pays a small fee for the service as a combination of honey and money and we sell our share of the honey to help cover our running costs.   We've moved honey house several times since then - going where we can for a 'peppercorn' rent.

The 'Big Idea' is to use our honey house as a platform to develop projects for improving London's landscape for bees.  In this way our beekeepers, volunteers and honey-buying customers are helping to give back to the bees and sustain the craft of urban beekeeping.  So far we have helped to establish the 'Making a B-Line for London' partnership and we that we can continue this ambitious and exciting project.  We have also worked with Bee Midtown to develop and help deliver the Bee Wild programme, creating bee-friendly rooftop gardens across Holborn, Bloomsbury, St Giles, Farringdon and Clerkenwell.

Since our honey house is very small, we are not able to safely social-distance, so we can't currently provide a honey service to beekeepers or run our volunteer programme.  Nor are we able to sell our stock of honey.   We are looking to see how we might be able to still support beekeepers and continue to engage our volunteers, but with the honey season already in full flow we may miss this years crop entirely.

We are therefore asking our supporters old and new to donate or to consider buying our honey now, which we can give to you later, to help us get through this period.

Thank you from Caroline, Cassandra and the bees!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

67 of 250 claimed

£5 LONDON HONEY

Pledge £5 OR MORE today and we'll reward you with a 4oz/113g JAR OF LONDON HONEY to collect from our honey house when we are able to re-open PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£5 or more

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£5 TOTE BAG

Pledge £5 OR MORE today and we'll reward you with a BEE COLLECTIVE TOTE BAG which we will send out to you just as soon as we can (UK only) or you can collect it from our honey house when we re-open PLEDGE NOW > CLAIM LATER

£50 or more

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£50 HONEY TASTING

Pledge £50 OR MORE now and we will reward you with an invitation to an exclusive HONEY TASTING event at our honey house, when we are able to re-open PLEDGE NOW > CLAIM LATER

£10 or more

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£10 LONDON HONEY

Pledge £10 OR MORE today and we'll reward you with an 8oz/227g JAR OF LONDON HONEY to collect from our honey house when we can re-open PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£100 HONEY MASTERCLASS

Pledge £100 OR MORE and we will reward you and up to 5 friends to get sticky in our honey house with an exclusive MASTERCLASS in honey extraction, to be redeemed during the honey season (reliably July - Sept) which may be next year now due to Covid-19

£250 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£250 YEAR of HONEY + PRIVATE MASTERCLASS

Pledge £250 OR MORE and we will reward you with A YEARS SUPPLY of LONDON HONEY (12 x 8oz/227g jars) plus a private MASTERCLASS in honey extraction and honey tasting for you and up to five friends, to be redeemed during the honey season (July - Sept) which may be next year now due to Covid-19

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