Emma and her sister Steph were really interested in the progress we have made on the farm. She had found our details on the care farming UK website last year and arranged to come and volunteer for a weekend. I had been showing off the bee hives and we were walking back up the field, when we noticed a low hanging branch full of bees. Emma could not have timed her visit better! I went into full bee rescue mode. As I had no-one else around to help me, Emma was press-ganged into service. We rushed back to the house to get the bee keeping gear and a cardboard box. Emma pushed Steph in her wheelchair through the deep grass so she could have a great view of what we were doing.
After battling though the nettles to get to the tree, (that reminds me, I must get around to making some more nettle soup!) I held the box, while Emma skillfully snipped the whole branch including the bees into it. Operation bee rescue was a success!
I am really chuffed that I was able to save our bees from swarming away from the farm, and that I’m gaining confidence in handling them. Emma and Steph were really pleased to have seen it and become involved.