THE Nelson Garden in Monmouth was a hive of activity last Saturday (20th May) for the second Monmouthshire Bee Festival.

Celebrating World Day of Bees, the festival was held in the wonderful surroundings of the garden noted for its connections with Lord Nelson.

Bees for Development and Bee-friendly Monmouthshire were some of the groups leading the event, with involvement from other groups including Monmouthshire Meadows.

There were bee-related activities such as honey tasting, plant stalls and talks with experienced beekeepers.

They had the world’s first Bee Joke Competition #maybeefunny and a children’s colouring competition, along with bee plants, honey ice cream, honey cake, and Bees for Development held a honey tasting and bee facts studio.

Local author Karin Celestine supported the event with her book Honey for Tea.