April - September 2023

Biosphere Bee Community Picnic 2023

A community picnic to connect people with nature, promote local produce and enhance wellbeing and connectivity in our Biosphere.
A community picnic to connect people with nature, promote local produce and enhance wellbeing and connectivity in our Biosphere.
  • The word 'bee' has natural connotations, is Manx Gaelic for 'food' and also means 'gathering of people to do something together'.

  • What's it all about?

    It is all about enjoying local produce in a natural setting in a way that is sustainable, safe and inclusive.

    Engage with friends, neighbours, and with the natural world, by organising or attending a Biosphere Bee Community Picnic in 2023. 

    The project encourages businesses, organisations, schools, charities, neighbours and any other communities to plan a sustainable get-together based on their own ideas and interests, throughout the months of April to September.

    To find out more why not listen to us chatting about the project? Howard Caine from Manx Radio sat down with Hon Clare Barber MHK, Minister for DEFA, Muriel Garland from the Green Centre, Adi Moore from Isle of Man Food and Drink, Sarah Comish from the Manx National Farmers Union and Breeshey Kermode from Biosphere Isle of Man:

  • Tell me more...

    The Biosphere Bee Community Picnic celebrates our community connections and natural environment whilst appreciating our Biosphere’s food, culture, creations and biodiversity. Like our communities, every ‘Bee’ will be different.

    Nature and green spaces are vital to us and contribute to wellbeing, stress reduction and recuperation. Everyone should have access to green space and be able to engage with nature safely and sensitively.

    The Biosphere Bee Community Picnic puts the plans in your hands. If you register you will receive ideas and resources to help you to bring people together in outdoor spaces and enjoy local produce, while leaving the creative control to you, the organiser.

  • How can I get involved?

    It’s as easy as A, Bee, C…

    There are many ways you can be involved with the Biosphere Bee Community Picnic 2023. You can host an event by registering and planning your own picnic. You can encourage your friends, family, colleagues and peers to do the same, or you can simply keep your eyes and ears peeled for a Biosphere Bee Community Picnic 2023 that is open for you to attend next year. 

    When you register, you will soon receive a full package which will include the Biosphere Bee Community Picnic 2023 logo set with guidance for usage, editable posters and invitations, sustainability guidance and much more. Please email biosphere@gov.im with any queries you may have.

  • A picnic fit for a king

    In the pollinator's palace (aka the beehive) we are all familiar with the Queen bee...but did you know there is no such thing as a King in the wonderful world of bees?

    It's a good thing we aren't bees, as King Charles III's coronation is taking place on Saturday 6th May 2023.

    Seeing as humans accept Kings, if you are joining the celebrations this May, why not crown your Biosphere Bee a coronation picnic? 

    The environment and sustainability are high on His Majesty's agenda, so what better way to welcome King Charles to the throne, than with a nod to nature?

    If you do choose to have a royal picnic, you can even add it to the official interactive map and really put your picnic plans out there. 


If you love the Isle of Man and want to help keep it special, there are a variety of ways to get involved in UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man projects. Here are a few suggestions.

Please help us spread the word about Biosphere Isle of Man!