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Living Under One Sun

The miracle of bees

Living Under One Sun is an organisation that looks after bees and many more activities. It is located in Tottenham, on the community allotments behind Tottenham Hale station, and was brought to life in May 2008. This summer Berdan Yilmaz visited them

Living Under One Sun is a community group that is located behind Tottenham Hale Station and was created in May 2008 as a calm place after this area’s bad past which included gangs fights and lots of other dirty work of theirs. The project is run mainly by volunteers and includes looking after bees.

Living Under One Sun community allotment members agreed that one of their aims throughout the project was to take care of the safety of the bees and to attract more. We need more hives so that the bees are saved from bad weather conditions; some bees produce honey for bread.

Bee facts

The Queen Bee’s job is to keep reproducing. Bee Queens will have a fight until one dies because there can only be one Queen in each hive. A child bee has 21 days to clean where they live until their wings are developed. After their wings are developed they have flying lessons so they can go and tell other bees about water and food.

Bees pollinate and without them there will be no food or crops. Bees carry pollen in a little basket they produce under their bodies.

 

About 102,000 bees in each hive

There are seven hives in the Living Under One Sun community and approximately 20,000 – 50, 000 colonies, a single hive will usually contain:

1 queen
60,000 larvas’ (upto 2000 hatches a day)
up to 100,000 workers.
up to 2000 drones.

Volunteer Dexter explained to me that a child bee has 21 days to clean where they live and when their wings are developed they take flying lessons so they can go and tell other bees about water and food. If there is more than one Queen they will have a fight until one dies because there can only be one Queen in each hive.

When I asked what ‘skills or qualifications’ are needed to be around bees, the staff said:  ’Bees can get diseases and can be disturbed so you have to be careful around them.’  If I decided to become a bee keeper what will be my first steps, I asked?  Dexter , who is a volunteering adult working for the organisation told me that I can ‘take courses through British Bee Keepers, research on the internet and read books’.

I was worrying if a bee stung you what would be the effects on the human body? Leyla Laksari who started Living Under One Sun said: ‘Different people have different effects, some peoples bodies are more sensitive.’

Have you ever been stung by a bee, I asked her.

‘I have been, twice,’ she replied. ‘Once when I was a child and my second time was here recently. However a bee sting may get your hand sore but its pain doesn’t last as long as a stinging nettle.’

The allotment community

Here Karen Lundeya tells the story of ‘Living Under One Sun’, and Melissa Gardiner provides the pictures

MG: Community wheelbarrows of Living Under One Sun. The repetition of the wheels and the pattern the frames make represents community and working together.

I went to visit ‘Living under One Sun’ which is a community allotment located in Tottenham. ‘Living Under One Sun’ is a place where members of the public can rent out their own allotments to grow their own fruits, herbs and flowers, but it is also a place where the community can come together and communicate with each other.

However before ’Living under One Sun’ was created in May 2008 there were problems with other allotment owners which lead to them abusing things, dumping rubbish and burning sheds. Since then ‘Living under One Sun’ has worked to rebuild the land into an area fit for the community to unite and enjoy the area.

After taking a walk around the area, I realised the contrast in what was going on within the ‘Living under One Sun’ area and what was happening outside of it. From the outside there was a lot of building work and construction going on which made being at the allotment area more peaceful. Inside is an atmosphere which allowed me to relax, as the colourful flowers and green grass made it feel somewhat like a fairy tale.

MG: Situated just behind Tottenham Hale station lays a community project run mainly by volunteers. People from the community have got together to reclaim this land from people dumping rubbish and burning cars. The environment around is natural but contrasts greatly with the buildings behind and is hidden from the Tottenham usually seen.

I asked the coordinator Leyla Laksari the importance of having an allotment, she replied: “it’s a good thing. A small piece of land can be used by other people. You share skills with everyone. It’s all about reuse, reduce, recycle and reunite communities.”

Leyla told me: an allotment is a piece of land to help people subsidise their family. You have to pay annual rent to the local authority, sign a contract and be over the age of eighteen, or you can share it.  Some people have to wait up to between three and twenty years for one, which is why a community allotment is so special!

I asked Leyla if she could encourage anyone to own an allotment what would she tell them? She enthusiastically replied: “Come and be happy, enjoy yourself and eat well! You get fresh air; it’s not all about food but about knowing things.”

Before ’Living under One Sun’ www.livingunderonesun.co.uk was created in May 2008 there were problems with other allotment owners which lead to them abusing things, dumping rubbish and burning sheds, since then ‘Living under One Sun’ has worked to rebuild the land into an area fit for the community to unite and enjoy.  
See page 639 http://dandelionproject.org/pub/six39/ ‎for a full story on how the organisation is working locally to regenerate the area.  
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2 comments

  1. Jeremias Tamayo Paz

    Great article. Thank you to tell us more useful information. I am looking forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

  2. Louis

    Well written and well researched article. Very informative. Also great photographs to accompany the article.

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