I have been talking to the leader of the Food Group of Transition Community Corsham (Transcoco) about a community apiary.
Of course, there will be the usual debate between the "natural"-ists who will want topbar hives with no intervention and the "regulars" who will want removable hives and regular inspections.
Where do I stand? Against chemical treatments, that's for sure. The last thing bees need is more chemicals.
But if you keep bees, then you should do your best to keep them healthy. You wouldn't keep cows and just leave them be, would you?
More as this story develops!