We just heard about the first Eastwoodhill Arboretum conference from Barry Foster from the NBA. The conference is happening in Gisbourne on 26-27 April 2013 and is being arranged by Trees for Bees.
The ﬁrst annual Eastwoodhill Arboretum conference has a core focus on Trees for Bees research that is currently being conducted at the Gisborne arborteum. Dr. Linda Newstrom-Lloyd of Landcare Research, will be presenting the preliminary results of her research into trees and shrubs which provide a high quality pollen source for bees. From the diversity of plants at the Arboretum, she has identiﬁed many that have the potential to increase pollen supply during times of shortage in spring and autumn.
Dr. Newstrom-Lloyd will be supported by a panel of speakers from the Bee industry, Farm Forestry sector, Nursery Association and Landcare Research. Farmland profitability is dependent on the health of our bees, both native and introduced; this conference presents an opportunity to show how all sectors of the community can improve bee health.
Barry Foster – President of the National Bee keepers Assn.
Dr. Linda Newstrom –Lloyd – Landcare research,Christchurch.(Based at Eastwoodhill)
Maureen Maxwell – N.Z. representative on the International Apimondia organisation.
John Hartnell – Federated Farmers Bees.
Dr. Karyn Rogers – G.N.S. Science. (Characterization of pollen & nectar)
Dr. John McLean – N.Z.Entomoligical Society.(involved in research into the health of honey bees and other pollinators)Gisborne.
Robert Appleton – Appletons Nursery, Nelson.
Dr.Mike Marden – Landcare research, Gisborne.
Nick Pollock – Ministry of Primary Industry. Gisborne (whose farm we visit on day two).
John Burke – Comvita. Tauranga (Manuka plantations for honey).
Peter Manson – Wairoa.Poplar and willows.
You can find out more information by Downloading this PDF File
Trees for Bees Conference e-flyer final version.
Fill out and download the registration form HERE.
It sounds like a great couple of days for anyone keen on bees and looking for ways to help them out.
Are you going to go along??? Please comment at the bottom of this page…