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LBKA-planting-2016-1There’s a meadow in the making on our big field. Last week the London Beekeeper’s Association planted 1200 potted wildflower plants representing 21 native species on our big field. On Friday and Saturday, volunteers first prepared the area by mowing and raking, then introduced the new plants. The team also sowed the area with the seeds of the yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor), a species which can weaken and suppress more vigorous grasses, which should help the newly planted species.

We hope the new plants with thrive and provide excellent sources of nectar for both the honeybees at Mudchute as well as the many wild bee species living on the farm. These important pollinator species are essential not only for wild flora and fauna, but also play a vital role in producing the food we eat.

Many thanks to the all of the team at the LBKA, Tesco bags of help who funded the project and all of the volunteers who helped out including corporate volunteers from NOMURA bank, Costain, Cross Rail, Neal’s Yard Remedies Covent Garden.

To find out more about beekeeping, please visit the LBKA’s website and Facebook group. You can find out more about the important role pollinators play Save London Bees. Interested in what you can do to help bees? Find out more at http://www.lbka.org.uk/forage.html


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Our bees have certainly been busy and thriving here at Mudchute! Under the watchful eye of the the London Beekeepers’ Association and over the summer they produced some beautiful local honey. Did you know that in its lifetime, a single bee produces just one teaspoon of honey? We are delighted to announce that you can now sample some of this gorgeous local honey at Plateau Restaurant in Canary Wharf as part of the exclusive Honey Menu Gourmand.

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The exclusive menu pairs Mudchute Honey in all six courses, from a delicately Spiced butternut velouté, where the honey is lightly drizzled and tossed with truffle crème fraiche to add depth and flavour; and an aromatic Soy and honey glazed Loch Duart Salmon with fennel, Dorset crab and fennel pollen. A sumptuous dessert rounds off the meal in the form of ‘The Hive’, a light honey parfait, ginger sponge, dark chocolate and malt mousse. Each guest will also receive a mini honey jar from the farm to take home.

The Honey Gourmand Menu will be available from Monday, 18 January to Monday, 29 February from 6pm – 9:30pm and is priced from £55 or £75 with a £1 donation per diner made to the farm. To reserve a table, visit plateau-restaurant.co.uk/book-a-table/ or email plateaureservations@dadndreservations.com.

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Today members of the London Beekeepers Association joined us to plant nectar-rich forage for both the honeybees in the hives at Mudchute as well as wild pollinators. The wildflower species include a wide variety of native varieties that provide nectar throughout the year. All of the wildflower species have been carefully selected by the LBKA forage officer Mark and Mudchute trustee and botanist John Swindells. Thank you to all who helped with the planting! The weather may not have been the best for our volunteers, but the rain will help water the new plants in! As they settle, please take care when walking of the area surrounding our deadhedge on the lower paddock.

Interested in finding out more about planting for bees? You an find more info on flowers for bees on the LBKA website.

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