"We once grew food without chemicals, but we never grew food without bees"
The Beekeeping workshop is a 10 hour course spread over two days for adults, it will include a mix of discussion in the classroom and demonstration in the apiary.
The workshop aims to introduce participants to the way beekeeping involves working with the bees’ natural instincts and how bees provide humans with a useful indicator as to the health of our environment.
Participants (properly suited!) will spend time examining bees close-up and identifying some of the aspects of bee behavior we will have discussed in class including:
Lifecycle of the individual bee
Lifecycle of the honeybee colony
Bee cooperation and communication
Requirements of the honeybee colony
Beekeeping as a collaboration
Examples of beekeeping methods, techniques and equipment.
Meet Tristram Sutton
Tristram Sutton started beekeeping 5 years ago and is now hooked. He not only keeps bees at home but this is his third year of managing the apiary at Walworth Garden where he also teaches. He has mentored the bee club at the National Portrait Gallery and is a trustee of the London Beekeeping Association. In addition to his experience of keeping bees he has also passed the BBKA Basic Assessment.
What you need to know
No previous experience is required!
Beekeeping is a two day workshop that will start on Friday at 18:00 - 21:00 and will be continued on Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Your bee-suit will be provided on the day
Please remember to bring footwear and socks that cover both feet and ankles
The workshop is held at the Garden, you can find details on how to get here via our Your Visit page.
If you are a resident of the EEA (The European Economic Area) for 3 years or more and over 19 years old, you can attend one workshop a year free of charge.
We ask that you pay a £10 deposit for your place which will be refunded electronically on the next working day after the workshop.
We have a limited number of free places, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!
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