Planting for Canberra beekeepers of the future (article from 1926)

Found this really nice article on Trove and thought it was worth sharing:

It is well known that the Federal authorities will not allow indiscriminate ring-barking on any of the resumed portions of the Territory, and it should be only a matter of a few years when the whole 912 square miles will be resumed. Mr. Weston, Chief Afforestation Officer, has plan- ted hundreds of acres of trees and shrubs and vines innumerable, besides keeping a fatherly eye on our grand indigenous forests of yellow box, red box, red gum, etc., etc. “May he long be spared for this good work,” should be the prayer, not only of the bee-keepers, but of every well-wisher of Canberra and Federal Territory.

Almost every tree or shrub is of some use to the bee, and it seems reasonable to suppose that our forests will be secure against the devastations of the axeman for many years - let us hope, for hundreds of years.

Therefore, bee-keepers, be thankful for the protection your industry enjoys on the Federal Territory - a protection you will not find outside its boundary. The Territory is not yet half-stocked with bees, so keep on keeping them. If you do not, others, seeing the protection to which I have referred, will come in and gather from the tree-tops the golden guineas which should be yours. Be ready for 1926-27.



Hey RBK & everyone else

we certainly stand on the shoulder of giants in Canberra as a result of those in the past considering what could be done to benefit future beekeepers.

Makes me wonder what future beekeepers will think when they look back at mass plantings like the National Arboretum and its 46,000 trees and how these, over the years, established to become another significant floral source for honeybees in the ACT.