Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping

Would you like to know how to keep bees sustainably, on a small scale? Have you always wondered what goes on inside a hive? Many people would like a colony of honeybees in their garden, and on this course I will show you how a hive works, and how to keep your bees happy and healthy with minimal intervention.

Topics covered include:

  • What type of hive
  • Where to site your hive
  • Overview of sustainable management
  • Swarming
  • Equipment needed
  • Costs involved
  • Plants for your bees

There will also be a chance to ask questions and discuss specific requirements. Refreshments and an information handout are provided, and if the weather is kind, we can walk round the apiary and see the hives in situ.

Please note that we don’t open up a hive on this occasion (you will learn why on the course!) so there is no need for equipment. If you would like to see how you feel around the bees, or look inside a hive, then I am happy to discuss this on an individual basis.

£40 per person for 2 hour session, or £75 for two booked at the same time. Gift vouchers area available if you’d like to give this course to someone as a present.

2019 dates:

  • 26th January
  • 23rd February
  • 2nd March
  • 9th March
  • 30th March
  • 6th April
  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 6th July
  • 27th July
  • 17th August
  • 14th September
  • 26th October

Please email for more details, or to book.

A very informative day – I learnt more about bee keeping in 2 hours with Jennifer than from all the literature that I had been reading. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and explains the subject in a clear and understandable manner at a pace that everyone could keep up with. Well worth doing if you are thinking of keeping bees in a sustainable way.

Frank Donnachie April 2019

This course was perfect. Jennifer has an art to imparting her passionate knowledge of bee keeping in such a way that beginners feel inspired and equipped to start immediately. Jennifer is clearly incredibly knowledgeable about the subject and her sustainable approach should be admired. She teaches in such a way that you leave the course with confidence. The added extra is that you get to taste the product of her incredible baking skills. A wonderfully relaxed but truly informative course. I will certainly be attending an intermediate course in the near future 🐝 “

Lee Tomlinson February 2019