Many people, both here in the UK and around the world who knew Pam Gregory will be sad to hear that she died after a long illness in October; however those who knew of her life and work will also wish to celebrate her achievements in the beekeeping world. Pam joined with Jeff Bee, Claire Waring and Brian Durk to found Bees Abroad in 1999, and she guided the trustees through the process of achieving charitable status in 2000. Pam’s long experience in the spheres of development and beekeeping have assisted and guided us for many years since that time.
Pam’s academic and practical knowledge of both beekeeping and development meant that she contributed considerably to the beekeeping world. Having gained both the National Diploma in Beekeeping and being a Master Beekeeper Pam has written several books on beekeeping including “Keeping Bees” in the Green Guide series together with Claire Waring, and her more recent “Healthy Bees are Happy Bees” published by BeeCraft.
However, it is in the developing world that Pam made considerable impact. Pam worked in Cameroon in West Africa, and later in Malawi, Central Africa, where she founded a project at Nkata Bay on Lake Malawi; during this time she wrote comprehensive and very practical field guides to beekeeping in Africa, which are an incredibly valuable resource for development workers that is used every day. We are indebted to Pam for the work she has done to grow and develop Bees Abroad. Pam’s knowledge, passion and determination to succeed was second to none. Pam has undoubtedly changed the lives of many who live in small communities in Africa. Pam leaves a great legacy to those she has worked with in Africa, she has shared her knowledge of business and beekeeping enabling future generations to achieve a sustainable income and provide food, medicine and education for their families. We are all very proud to have worked with Pam.