BRISTOL IS A FANTASTIC CITY RICH IN CULTURE, A LOVE FOR LIFE AND LOTS OF NATURE
BeeBristol is here to encourage every citizen of Bristol to embrace nature by helping pollinators. You can do this in many different ways and we are here to guide you in the right direction and support you to be the best bee friend a bee could ask for! By getting involved with your family, friends, school or group you will find ways to have fun, learn new things and most importantly, help Bristol become the UK's most welcoming city for all pollinators.
1. To plant, manage and maintain areas of wildflower in Bristol.
2. To educate and communicate the value of pollinators.
3. To engage with and include community groups, schools individuals and organisations.
4. To never associate with groups, individuals or organisations who seek to, or harm any person or the environment.
Through education, conservation, working with the public and our partners - We hope to help make Bristol a pollinator friendly City.
TIM BARSBY - FOUNDER / DIRECTOR
"My interest in bees began when my parents started keeping a few hives as a hobby. They seemed to really enjoy the partnership between keeper and hive. I was amazed at the complexity and organisation of the bees which made me both fascinated and inspired... When I learned about the problems pollinators where facing, I felt it to be just as important, at least intertwined with some of our current human issues. The relationship between 'man' and nature must be built upon in every walk of life, especially in urban areas. Beebristol has joined the fight to protect and save pollinators and native wildflower species - we must all pitch in and insure Bristol's reputation for being a pollinator friendly city!"
TAMMY CRAWFORD-ROLT - DESIGNER AND MAKER / WORKSHOP MANAGER
Tammy has a post-graduate in BA Arts, Design and Environment, specialising in Spatial Design. She has significant observational skills in land design and engaging building capacity, which comes from her work helping communities with design for use in open space community facilities. She has an impressive understanding of social-ecology, conservation and a passion for working with people of all levels of skill and interests. She loves the challenge to up-cycle unwanted materials to a high standard and to help people realise the health and well-being benefits of being outside and together.
MORGAN ANDREW - SUPPORT MANAGER
Having long had an interest in environmental issues, the opportunity to be involved in a project that benefits both the biodiversity of Bristol’s local ecosystems and its residents, is the realisation of a lifelong ambition. “I feel it necessary for projects like BeeBristol to exist in order to ensure the city’s environmental responsibilities and long term potential is met. The enthusiasm and understanding we come across every day has been inspiring, and I look forward to using this energy to make Bristol a more beautiful and sustainable place for us all.”
KIERON ALLEN - PRESS OFFICER
Kieron is an experienced journalist and communicator. As Press Officer for Bee Bristol he is engaging his passion for environmental issues through thoughtful releases. Expect calls to action, clear and committed communication, articulate activism and up-to-the minute reports.
GRAHAM BARSBY - HEAD BEEKEEPER
Graham has over 10 years experience in beekeeping. He has never condoned the use of any chemicals whilst tending to his bees and uses traditional methods of bee husbandry every step of the way. Graham is responsible for the first of BeeBristol's hives and consults on a number of beekeeping issues for the project. He personally keeps between 4 - 9 hives at any one time of which enjoy a blessed success rate coming through winter and an outstanding bedside (hiveside) manor. He, alongside his wife, Ruth are the inspiration for and the reason BeeBristol is here.
MIKE SALISBURY - TRUSTEE
John Michael "Mike" Salisbury, OBE (born March 1942) is a British documentary filmmaker specialising in natural history programmes for television. In a career spanning four decades, he spent over 30 years working for the BBC Natural History Unit where he produced a string of award-winning series, many in collaboration with David Attenborough. He retired from the Unit in 2006 but continues to work as a freelance producer. In 2007, he was made an OBE in the New Year Honours List for his services to broadcasting.
KATHRYN LWIN - TRUSTEE
Kathryn is the Founding Director of 'River of Flowers', launched in December 2008 while she was Director of the Archway Herbal Clinic. River of Flowers is now a social enterprise in its own right. Kathryn is responsible for Strategic and Creative Development and is the main writer for the Wild City Blogs, River of Flowers publications and the website. Kathryn believes that wildflowers and food growing should be an integral part of modern urban design and the sustainable city. Kathryn was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship and spent two months in North America, researching innovative and inspiring urban projects growing wild and edible plants in the urban landscape. The cities she visited as a Travelling Fellow included New York, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and San Francisco but Kathryn also visited Montreal and Portland, OR as part of her extensive journey to find examples of great ideas and good practice to share with all.
SARA VENN - TRUSTEE
In February 2014, inspired by the success of the Incredible Edible movement in the UK, and by the values and example of the global urban edible movement, the seeds for an #EdibleBristol were sown in a Twitter conversation between professional horticulturist and gardener Sara Venn and human rights and the environment scholar/activist Anna Grear, quickly developing into a vision of Bristol as the UK’s first edible city. Since then, Sara has continued work at community food growing spaces across the city creating food for communities – some at the planning and development stage, but many with spades in the ground and on the roll. Collaborative projects as part of Bristol’s European Green Capital year in 2015 include The Urban Food Growing Trail and Food Route.
Primary, secondary, tertiary and community education packages are being put together, working with primary and secondary schools, to make food and growing food an integral part of the school day – EdibleSchools.org.uk. Edible Millennium Square in collaboration with @Bristol and Almondsbury Garden Centre is in it’s second year. The Edible Front Gardens initiative continues.
BeeBristol in the media
Get Bristol Buzzing is the pollinator strand of My Wild City. Eight organisations including BeeBristol have come together and formed the Greater Bristol Pollinator Network to work towards a joined-up approach to pollinator conservation in the Greater Bristol urban area. We’re linking together existing and new projects that help pollinating insects under the Get Bristol Buzzing brand.
River of Flowers is a nonprofit eco social enterprise engaging the whole urban community in thinking and doing more about nature. Urban development and agriculture are two processes that have stripped the land of its indigenous wild plants. Our aim is to incorporate wild plants in both of these to bring nature into the city.
The 'river' in River of Flowers is an evocative way of describing the planting of urban meadows in 'trails' or 'rivers' of floral forage and habitat for bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators. It describes the flight path of the pollinators as much as it does the flow of wildflowers.
BeeBristol, working with the Human Nature Art show and street artist ATM have painted a giant honeybee on the front of At-Bristol! We are also working with At-Bristol, keeping a BeeBristol hive on their green roof. At-Bristol is a registered charity and one of the UK’s leading science and discovery centres, where exploration and education go hand in hand with an unforgettable, fun day out!
The Year of 2015 - Bristol Green Capital
Throughout 2015, the eyes of the world will be on Bristol as the European Green Capital – the first UK city to win this prestigious award.
Towards a healthier, happier city
We won not just because of our plans for the future, but because of the city-wide efforts Bristol people and businesses are already making towards creating Britain’s most liveable city.
This award is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really show what’s possible when everybody comes together to inspire, create and achieve a shared vision for Bristol. And, ultimately, become a blueprint and role model for city living worldwide.
Inspire, educate and celebrate