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Na­tional Honey Week runs from Oc­to­ber 23-29 and is a way of cel­e­brat­ing the honey crop and recog­nis­ing the vi­tal role of the honey bee to our en­vi­ron­ment and way of life.

The re­sults from the Bri­tish Bee­keeps As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual honey sur­vey will be un­veiled dur­ing this week and, at the end of the week, from the 26th – 28th Oc­to­ber, the Na­tional Honey Show will be tak­ing place at Sandown Race­course in Esher, Sur­rey.

A BBKA spokesman said: “A good bee­keeper will al­ways en­sure that a colony of bees has more than enough honey for its needs, usu­ally around 30 lbs or 13 ki­los, and only take what can be spared.

“The honey crop is con­sid­ered an indi­ca­tor of the state of the nat­u­ral world. For ex­am­ple, a poor honey crop could sug­gest bad weather, a lack of for­age or a weak­ness in the honey bee colony, which is why the re­sults to the BBKA Honey Sur­vey are of such na­tional in­ter­est.

“The BBKA in­vites mem­bers of the pub­lic to help honey bees by plant­ing flow­ers pro­vid­ing nec­tar and pollen, which honey bees can eat, or to join its fundrais­ing scheme, Adopt a Bee­hive.” For a year’s sub­scrip­tion to Adopt a Bee­hive, call the BBKA of­fice on 0845 680 7038 or buy on­line

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