There was much excitement in the Boarding Houses this week as both the Boys and Girls got to crack open the first pot of Lambrook honey of the year.

Honey is most definitely at its best between two slices of bread and a little bit of butter, and tasted even more the special knowing that it was made a stone’s throw away from the Boarding House! Our boarders have certainly enjoyed the fruits of our Orchard and have already had a busy few weeks of apple picking, egg collecting and conker drilling! Rich in minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, this natural sweetener can help to build immunity, improve sleep, and can even be used as shampoo! For our Lambrook pupils, we will be continuing with honey sandwiches as well as using it as a sugar replacement in some of our Lambrook cakes and bakes.

We are fortunate to have our own bee hives at Lambrook, situated in our Orchard. Our bees have been particularly busy over the past few months, thriving thanks to a very warm Spring and Summer: bees do not like rain and, because of the dry weather, have spent the optimum amount of time foraging and collecting nectar from the flowers and fields around Lambrook, before making delicious Lambrook honey. Our honey was ready for harvesting over the summer holidays, and was extracted from the honeycomb (beekeepers tend to squeeze the honey from the comb) and then heated and filtered to remove pollen and other naturally occurring substances.

Our pupil bee keepers, as part of their farming activity, have learnt all about our bees, what they do and how to look after them best.

Our beekeepers will have to make sure that the bees are ready for the cold months when they will not be able to leave the hive. The bees must have enough honey stored to feed the hive throughout the winter, and if they do not have enough, our beekeepers will feed them a glucose mixture which the bees can then turn into honey. It is also important that the bees are checked regularly, seeing that they are healthy and keeping on top of varroa mites and other things that can harm the health of the colony.

Our bees can now enjoy a well-deserved rest over the winter, and we very much look forward to the next year and being able to taste the next batch of honey!

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