The annual Kairos honey harvest BBQ was held last week at Guildersfield Road. Fearless beekeepers Kenny and Locksley took honeycombs from two hives, contending with very active and stinging bees that wouldn’t be “smoked” into submission. (“Proper south London bees” was the beekeepers’ verdict.) They then demonstrated how the honey is extracted, first breaking the surface layer of wax before spinning in a centrifuge to drive the liquid honey out of the combs onto the sides, where it slides to the bottom, ready for bottling. This year, Kairos beekeepers will collect honey from five hives.

PS Did you know that a bee collects only one teaspoon of honey in its lifetime? Enough for one piece of toast…

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