The Honey Harvest has now become a regular annual fixture of life at Walworth Garden and it has proved to be extremely popular as it provides a rare opportunity for city-dwellers to connect with a seasonal activity which has been practiced by people all over the world for thousands of years!
Being sure to leave sufficient honey for the bees to feed on over Winter, the Honey Harvest will include:
An introductory talk to explain something about:
* Lifecycle of the individual bee
* Lifecycle of the honeybee colony
* Bee cooperation and communication
* Requirements of the honeybee colony
* Beekeeping as a collaboration between beekeeper and honeybee
Followed by the harvest itself which will involve:
* Opening the hives to separate the bees from some of their honey
* Uncapping the wax honeycomb
* Spinning out the honey using manual extractors
* Jaring and labelling the honey for sale at Walworth Garden.
Neither previous experience nor special equipment is necessary although it would be a good idea to bring footwear / and socks that cover feet and ankles as the bee-suits won't.
The Honey Harvest is spread over two days in late July to provide fun and relaxed activity for those who want to participate.
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!
The Honey Harvest is a two day workshop that will start on Saturday at 10:00 - 15:00 and will be continued on Sunday 10:00 - 15:00
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.