Catch the buzz in the shire

All abuzz: Visitors will be able to inspect a hive wearing protective clothing and organisers even have some new kids' protective gear this year. Picture: John Veage

All abuzz: Visitors will be able to inspect a hive wearing protective clothing and organisers even have some new kids' protective gear this year. Picture: John Veage

The Illawarra Beekeepers’ Open Day returns on Saturday, April 22, as part of Heritage Week 2017.

Held at the Bee Gardens, Waratah Park, Eton Street, Sutherland, the day will include hive inspections, honey tastings and talks on pollination, beekeeping, the life of a worker bee and native bees.

As the open day is part of The Heritage Festival and visitors will be able to catch the vintage bus to other participants in the festival. 

Beekeeping is attracting younger crowds, Illawarra Beekeepers member Geoff Henning said.

“It’s the mystique of bees and there has been a lot more talk of the future of bees, that they are dying out and how we need to protect them,” he said.

“Visitors will be able to inspect a hive wearing our protective clothing and we even have some new kids protective gear this year.”

Raffle prizes will include a beekeeping course for beginners, a honey hamper,  books and more.

Honey, books on beekeeping and honey and wax products will be for sale.

The open day starts at 10am at 98 Eton Street, Sutherland.

The Heritage Festival vintage bus will depart hourly from 10am from the Tramway Museum, Loftus, stopping at Woronora Cemetery gates; Sutherland School of Arts in East Parade; Brinsley’s Joinery, Sutherland; Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea; Illawarra Beekeepers, Waratah Park, returning to the Tramway Museum.

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