Free Campbelltown workshop to spruik benefits of bees

Bee friendly: Juliet and Michael Plummer love looking encouraging bees to stop by their Blair Athol backyard with their own bee hotel. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bee friendly: Juliet and Michael Plummer love looking encouraging bees to stop by their Blair Athol backyard with their own bee hotel. Picture: Simon Bennett

Are you ready for a buzzy new hobby?

Why not make a bee hotel?

The folks at Campbelltown Uniting Church are all about living more sustainably, and their latest workshop is designed to help others live more sustainably too.

Church member Coral Ison said the upcoming bee workshop would help locals understand the many and varied benefits of a strong bee population.

"We want to raise awareness about bees and how important they are to our environment and our food," she said.

"They pollinate our crops and make honey, but they're endangered and lots of people don't know that."

Ms Ison said the workshop, which will be held on Saturday, July 27, would begin with a welcome to country from noted botanist and Indigenous elder Fran Bodkin.

The event will also feature a talk from the Macarthur Beekeepers Association.

"The purpose of this workshop is to encourage people to support and promote the presence of bees in their own backyards," Ms Ison said.

"We'll have lessons on how to build bee hotels and there will be a chance for attendees to taste some local honey and honey biscuits."

Ms Ison said the event was completely free and everyone was welcome to come along to the church on the day to learn more about our buzzy little friends.

She said the workshop was just the latest in a long line of initiatives Campbelltown Uniting Church had worked on to promote sustainability.

"We're installed solar panels, started recycling more and have banned disposable coffee cups, spoons, forks and plates from the church," Ms Ison said.

The bee workshop runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.