BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS  Westonbirt Arboretum  17th July 10:00 am 

This one day course will introduce the important basics of beekeeping to anyone thinking about keeping bees in their garden. You will learn about the incredible lifecycle of the honey bee, how they pollinate our flowers and crops, and what is necessary to successfully keep happy, healthy bees. You will find out about the different kinds of bee hive that are available and all of the basic equipment and techniques needed to keep bees and harvest your own honey. In the afternoon we will visit the bee hives in the grounds of Westonbirt, and you will have chance to handle the bees and find the queen (weather permitting). Whether you want to produce your own honey and wax, help preserve our vulnerable pollinators or just find out more about these fascinating creatures, this fun and highly informative day is the perfect opportunity to find out more. 
Richard Rickitt, is an experienced beekeeper and beekeeping tutor. He is editor of Bee Craft, the UKs leading beekeeping magazine. 
Richard will be happy to offer further advice after the day should you wish to set up your own hive. 
How much? £80 per person £140 for couples/parent with child 
Where to meet? Outside the Welcome Building 
Do I need to book? Yes 
Dogs allowed? No 
What to wear? You will need to wear trousers and bring your own wellies. Beesuits and gloves will be provided. 
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