Bee the Change believes that we should guardian honeybees with respect and with priority for their health and abundance, rather than farmed via conventional beekeeping practises – exploited for honey and their ‘services’ to profit people. We believe that communities deserve the right to know what’s in our food, how it’s grown, and how it affects the environment we live in, as well as our own health.
Bee the Change is a Bristol and Stroud based not-for-profit and community interest company, tackling the pollination crisis by connecting communities to nature through bee conservation. We do this by re-shaping what we think of as ‘bee-keeping’ – turning it around to a more bee-centric form, and bringing people together to learn about what can be done to improve the environment and our own health. We aim to bring a political, social and environmental consciousness into honeybee stewardship and wildlife conservation.
By understanding why bees are suffering, and how they can be helped, the hope is that people can begin to have a wider appreciation of the environment around us, and move towards a more sustainable way of interacting with it. If you can see the bees in your local park are starving due to a lack of flowers – you might plant more flowers. If you can understand that the bees in your local school are suffering from pesticides sprayed on a nearby field – you might think twice about buying food grown with chemicals. This is our hope.
We work holistically towards these goals by providing educational bee workshops, set up community beehives in public spaces and schools, create bee habitat, run sustainable beekeeping courses, and endeavour to change unsustainable policies for the better – to name a few ways. We are endeavouring to re-shape conventional and harmful beekeeping to a form which is more natural and respectful of the bees – natural beekeeping.
Please do get in touch if you are interested in any of the work we do, or if you wish to or feel you can help us achieve these goals in any way.
We also collect honeybee swarms for free! If you think you have a swarm of honeybees, please call us on 07988687515 and we will come over as soon as we can!