More than Honey | 3 Mar 2015

Albert Einstein once said

“If bees were to disappear from the globe mankind would have only four years left to live”

With this in mind we dedicated our first film evening, 3 March 2015, to the humble pollinators with a screening of Marcus Imhoof’s award-winning documentary ‘More than Honey’; a global perspective on the practice and impacts of industrial bee husbandry.

Shifting the focus back to Highbury, after the film we posed the question ‘what can we do here, and now?’. A panel of local experts [listed below] showcased some of the small-scale and sustainable initiatives on our doorstep.

From hyper local honey, hive hosting in your garden or on your roof, natural bee keeping, planting urban foraging corridors, to make-your-own solitary bee homes, the speakers highlighted the great diversity of proactive projects, social enterprises and independent businesses that are constructing a web of viable alternatives in and across communities.

Caroline Birchall, Bee Collective
social enterprise help beekeepers collect their honey
Marilyn Collins, Meadow Orchard Project
practice natural beekeeping
Kathryn Lwin, River of Flowers
establish corridors of vegetation for pollinators through urban areas
Paul Webb, Barnes and Webb
establish and manage bee hives across London


//based on the discussion, we are building a hub page with info of where to buy local honey, hosting a hive, gardening and flower planting, and more. If you’d like to add a local initiative or enterprise, please send us a brief blurb via twitter to @TTHighbury using #n5honeyhub or email

We were bowled over by the fantastic turnout, great vibes and feedback- thanks to everyone who came. There were also some great audience #morethanhoney tweets with insights from the film.


Thanks of course to Sally and chefs at Nanna’s Café and Pantry, who provided the venue the comfy armchairs and rose to the occasion with themed food on the dinner menu as well as their regular delights from London’s larder, including freshly made soup, toasties and local craft beers.

In addition to our wider Transition Team, we’d also like to thank those we consulted for their constructive inputs and conversations; Ross Compton (Capital Bee, Sustain), photographer Allan Dransfield, Olden Community Gardens, and Chris Setz (Transition Crouch End).

Instead of selling tickets we asked for small voluntary donations which we will put this towards paying for screening rights (typically £100). Our inconspicuously placed ‘honey pot’, collected £33.85 of donations. Well done and thanks to everybody who found it!