West Village is buzzing with online activities to celebrate World Bee Day
Whether it’s the humble European honey bee, the hard-working Australian native bee or their other high-flying friends – bees are extremely vital for the preservation of our fragile ecosystem. In recognition of the importance of bees and their role in keeping our planet healthy, our favourite little honey-makers and super-important pollinators have a national day of recognition – World Bee Day. This year’s World Bee Day falls on Wednesday May 20 and to celebrate, West Village has created an online hub dedicated to all things bees, butterflies and nature. Flying onto West Village’s website from May 1–31, Village Bees is a month-long celebration featuring an un-bee-lievable selection of free online activities. From live tours inside a bee hive to honey-filled recipe tutorials, bee-friendly gardening tips and kids craft activities – West Village’s calendar is buzzing with plenty of things to do and learn.
Start off your Village Bees journey with apiarist Jack Stone from neighbourhood honey heroes Bee One Third who introduces us, through video tutorials, to the world of our flower-loving friends – delving into their hive life, behaviours and all-things honey production. Tune into a live-streamed tour of a native bee hive on Saturday May 9 at 10:00 am, where you’ll see their nest structure up close and in real time and learn how bees store their food, the social dynamic of the hive and their environment. Jack will also answers live questions about how bees live and why they’re so integral to our local ecosystem. If you’re interested in how to look after your local bees, tune in on Friday May 15 to learn how to construct the ideal insect house to provide shelter for bees and other insects. On World Bee Day (Wednesday May 20), Jack will provide insight into rooftop bee hives, plus get his hands dirty while creating clay balls packed full of seeds that support bees and butterflies. If you want to bee (sorry we can’t help it) in the know, Jack has also presented an informational video series, providing facts on bee hives, queen bees (not the Beyoncé kind) and the seasons that bees are busiest – you’ll be a certified beekeeper in no time!
If you’re still in the cooking phase of self-isolation, then we recommend checking out Village Kitchen’s honey-inspired sweet and savoury recipe tutorials, hosted by celebrity chef Matt Golinski. Watch him make a mouth-watering roasted pork fillet, pear, rocket and pine nut salad with honey and balsamic dressing or tune in on Wednesday May 13 for a brunch-friendly recipe (coconut yoghurt panna cotta with honey and almond granola and fresh berries) or Friday May 22 for a dinner recipe (chicken and shiitake mushroom wontons with honey, soy and pickled-ginger dipping sauce). If gardening is more your thing, then get green-thumb ready with the West Village Gardener workshops, which will teach you how to draw bees and butterflies to your garden. Discover the plant species that bees and butterflies are most attracted to or put Sunday May 10 in your calendar, so you remember to log on to learn how to co-plant a bee-friendly pot arrangement for your home.
Struggling to find ways to entertain the little ones? Creative Kids Online will be uploading a new bee-related interactive craft activity each day to help educate kids and keep them busy. There’s cute cork bees, bee drawings and even a pretty leaf print bee using scavenged leaves from the garden. Plus, as soon as it is safe to do so (once the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed), West Village is bringing a very special bee installation to The Common. From the creative folks of Dead Puppet Society, The Hive Mind is a giant kinetic bee sculpture that uses the wind as its puppeteer. Sounds cool, huh? Head here to have a behind-the-scenes look at the installation.
West Village is also giving away three honey-filled prize packs valued at more than $150. The bundles, which include Bee One Third honey, honeycomb, Honey Bee reusable beeswax wrap and much more, can be won through West Village’s Instagram. All you have to do to enter is take part in one of the many activities on offer during Village Bees, post a pic to the ‘gram of your masterpiece and tag West Village. The three lucky winners will be drawn on Friday May 29.
This article was created in partnership with our friends at West Village. To find out more, head to West Village’s Village Bees website to check out the huge range of activities.