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Standing Room Only for Jez’s Talk at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show’s Bee Hive Theatre

Edged with bee-friendly flowers, which were awash with grateful bees, The Bee Hive Theatre at the 2018 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

Jez was invited to speak on Friday 20th July at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show in their brand new Bee Hive Theatre.

Visitors from across Europe flock to the show to listen to some of gardening’s favourite voices from BBC Gardener’s World and BBC Radio 4’s Gardener’s Question Time.

With an estimated 65,000 visitors, the Bee Hive Theatre was a new addition to the popular Cheshire flower show this year to showcase everything about everyone’s favourite pollinator, bees. Including talks from renowned beekeepers and scientists, Gill Perkins from The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Kate Bradbury, Jez’s talk was a huge success and although cut by organisers last minute from the original 45 minutes to just 20, it still drew a standing room only crowd as Jez explained his decision to purchase a derelict farm and re-instate it as a pollinator-friendly site, which has become home to their honey farm.

Jez’s energy and enthusiasm for nature and gardening, coupled with the photos of the bare concrete and grass farm when they moved in compared to photos of the huge amount of work they have carried out drew audible gasps and applause as he detailed the planting decisions they have made based on the needs of pollinators, why the best plants for your garden happen to also be bee-friendly, insights into the gardens they have created at the farm, including: rose borders, vegetable and fruit garden, jewel garden, cut flower and cottage garden borders, herb garden, wild flower meadow orchard, colour borders and a jungle/woodland area – as Jez explained that he is trying to create “the Harrod’s food hall for pollinators” or “Disneyland for bees”, the audience listened attentively, many taking notes.

Wrapping up, Jez explained why he believes beekeeping is the new gin and tonic, to much laughter and agreement from the audience present, and how “outside space owners” (Jez explained that for some people the thought of being a gardener was too much responsibility and if they didn’t identify with that title, tended to ignore gardening advice) were in the perfect position to make a very real difference to the decline of the honeybee and to pollinators everywhere, by simply thinking differently about planting and gardening.

Jez Rose is a broadcaster, award-winning author, speaker, bee farmer and tea drinker. He describes himself as an “unconventional gardener”. For more information visit www.JezRose.co.uk and for free planting advice for the best bee-friendly plants, in association with award-winning garden designer Adam Frost, visit the blog at www.BeesforBusiness.com

Honey – what’s in a name?

What is an acceptable amount of money to pay for a jar of honey?

The price of British honey is set to rise.

Brexit? European economics? Greed? Perhaps none of the obvious are to blame but without a greater public understanding of just how much goes into getting honey to your table, I fear honey may well go the same way as milk.

I grew up right next to a bovine farm and have met many dairy farmers in my time; they all have the same story to tell. It’s one of long hours, hard work and a

How To Make Them Remember

I set out to write this blog post this morning, as part of my bid to share with you some of my top tips on speaking and presenting every day this week – I’ve been doing so all week on social media, however, I quickly was distracted when I heard about the passing of my good friend and mentor, Eugene Burger. A name, I know, will mean nothing to almost all reading this – but that’s okay because Eugene is going to remembered here and I’m going to share my top tips simultaneously as without Eugene, I wouldn’t have learnt the real meaning and power of today’s tip.

Eugene was a story teller; a magician; a performer; a humble and mightily learned man: selfless and verily dedicated to the art of creating and maintaining mystery.

I perhaps pay too much attention to those no longer living but I can’t help it: it reminds me every day just how lucky I am to wake up; to be. Eugene shared that same philosophy: life is

Listen to the Bees – Work In Silos!

Honeybee hives can teach organisations a lot about efficient and efficacious models of teamwork.

You may – or may not – know that Mrs Jez and I are beekeepers

As we launch the nationwide expansion of Bees for Business, I’ve written this short article on what observing the honeybee teaches about working more effectively, communicating better and more efficient teamwork in your organisation.

During the peak, summer season the average honeybee hive can

Taking Meetings Back to Nature

More photos and full details can be found at www.hirethebarn.com

Business training is going back to nature with a new breed of courses aimed at stimulating delegates through a more natural take on the traditional conference set-up.

Chicken Training for Managers and Bee Keeping Team Building are just a couple of the courses – still teaching innovative, business-relevant, professional skills – offered by Behaviourist and conference speaker Jez Rose, who launched the project after 13 years of speaking at conferences around the world where delegates often struggled to concentrate in uninspiring conditions.

Jez on the Punks and Suits Podcast

Blaire Palmer hosts the business podcast ‘Punks in Suits’

The crazy lady with the dog is Blaire Palmer and she’s as lovely as she is crazy. I can’t help but be innately suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, so when I met Blaire at a business roadshow event we were both working at, we hit it off right away because she loves gardening, grows her own, wants to buy a smallholding and keep alpacas (that bit was a bit weird) and she has dogs.

Blaire interviewed me for her business podcast series, Punks in Suits, which is available to listen free on iTunes here and also free here on Podomatic for people who hate Mac.

I did once have a mohawk but I’ve never been a punk so I’m not sure why I was asked onto her show but I was flattered and also very pleased to be interviewed by Blaire. We talk about the research project I launched, The Good Life Project; one of our new courses ‘Chicken Training for Managers’; dogs (of course); the problem with leadership and management and why so many managers are ineffective; solutions for truly effective leadership and a spooky coincidence, too.

Take a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Tales from the Farm – Heartbroken

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Our first loss at the farm; a beautiful female who died while collecting nesting material.

This last weekend was a little bitter-sweet on the farm.

The weather was glorious for the start of Spring; almost like a Summer’s day. That meant huge amount of progress outside in preparation for the bees arriving – there was a lot to finish in the jungle area and I was especially keen to get the last few plants still in pots from our move into the ground so that they could benefit from the warming soil and sunshine.

I was walking back to the greenhouse and

Tales from the Farm – Before & After (so far!)

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Since Mrs Jez and I moved from our suburban 3 bed semi to the farm back in November 2016, embarking on a journey to test my theories about how nature impacts human health, wellbeing and behaviour – and along the way going organic, so much has happened and changed: we moved into a plot of essentially just grass and concrete yard; a roof has fallen in; we had the worst bathroom fitters in the world ruin our bathroom; we found wood worm in the small barn; almost everything that could break, did break; the main electric cable supplying the farm was severed…

And it needs to be finished by

Tales from the Farm – Spud-We-Like

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Lavender plants waiting patiently in the greenhouse before all 78 of them line the driveway.

Having already filled two of the raised vegetable beds with lush, organic compost and loamy soil from the garden, today I planted the very first vegetables in them.

I opted for King Edward potatoes, which I filled one of the beds with (one of the few vegetables that wasn’t organically sourced) and Longor shallots and organic garlic for the other bed. I would have taken a

Going Organic! An Inspector Calls…

Behaviourist and broadcaster, Jez Rose, blogs about the process of achieving Soil Association Organic Certification for his Cambridgeshire farm and home to The Good Life Project.

This blog marks the first of many where I’ll be charting our journey to (hopefully) organic status as certified by the Soil Association. Although it’s connected, it is separate to my ramblings about the farm and I’ll continue to write Tales from the FarmI’ll just keep everything about our Soil Association journey separate but link the two where appropriate so you can choose what you want to read about.

Why?

I grew up right next to a farm and spent most of my younger years in and around the countryside – I loved it and still do. Every single day the landscape looks different; no two sunsets are the same and you’ll always see a flower, or insect that you didn’t see before and of course, just like humans, as trees and plants mature, they change.

Despite this lifelong interest and passion for nature, I never thought I’d become quite so obsessed with soil! I wrote about it recently here in my blog series Tales from the Farm, where I’m writing about Mrs Jez and I moving to a rural farmhouse, renovating it and making it home to my research initiative, The Good Life Project.

It’s probably because of The Good Life Project and witnessing the remarkable impact nature is having on