Rose Cottage : Natural Beekeeping

Booking a place on the workshop

We have yet to finalise the dates and times of the next workshops, so at present we are just asking people to get in touch to let us know they are interested and to suggest dates and times suitable for them.

Natural Beekeeping Overview

Several parents attending our children's workshops in April 2017 asked us to run similar events for adults. So that's just what we're planning. Don't worry: these will be just as interesting as the children's ones.

The idea is to give some insight into our approach to beekeeping and the thinking behind it.

Friendly, Informal, Interesting – and a Free Lunch!

Each workshop will be held round the kitchen table here at Rose Cottage, with a flexible, informal approach, a vegetarian lunch and a chance to visit some of our beehives. Whether there will be many flying bees to see will depend on the weather on the day.

Beginning at 10.30am, with a break for lunch, we plan to finish mid-afternoon. £7 per participant, including booking fee, materials, refreshments and lunch. Any proceeds will go towards honeybee welfare.

Is This For Me?

If you have an interest in bees, this will prove interesting. There are no preconditions or requirements. You may have no knowledge of, or experience with bees, or plenty.

This isn't a training course for beekeepers, but previous participants have gone on to keep bees themselves.

Our approach is very different to that promoted by the British Beekeepers Association and their beekeepers training schemes. In some respects our views and attitudes are the opposite of theirs.

Amongst other topics, we cover:

Although the bees may not be flying out for forage, depending on the weather, there will be opportunity to see them in a hive (through a window) and you will be able to handle some wax comb that they have made.

Lip Balm and Soap

There is an opportunity to make some lip balm using beeswax (from our hives), organic shea butter and organic coconut oil. And perhaps some of our Honey Soap

Flowers

Participants will probably be able to take home seeds or plants to grow to help bees. The details are yet to be finalised!

Seed Bombs

We shall make seed bombs. A small ball of clay and compost, containing wild flower seeds, providing a starter environment for the flowers to establish themselves. In the spring, drop these in appropriate places where they can grow.

Wild flowers are important for wildlife. With a bit of luck, the seeds in the seedbombs will grow into plants and set seed themselves, starting generations of bee-friendly plants.

Best not to lob seed bombs into your neighbour's garden; they may not be pleased. A patch of ground in your own garden, a pot, or a little corner you know of where you can watch them grow would be best.

You can find instructions on how to make your own seed balls on the internet or buy a kit to make them from www.seedball.co.uk

Honey

We have a little honey to taste. We collected a little honey in the spring when the bees had some to spare, giving you a chance to taste real honey from bees never fed on sugar – which you can't get anywhere else!

Don't Miss Out

Our previous sessions were oversubscribed. Book your place at the appropriately-named Book It Bee

Workshops for Children

We ran a series of sessions for home-educated children, but with content suitable for all ages. They were very quickly fully booked (with a waiting list). Apologies to the people we were unable to fit in this series.

People who attended tell us they and their children found it enjoyable and interesting. We plan to run similar sessions for children again. The dates and times are to be determined. Please get in touch to register your interest. For more details of the children's sessions, see the Children's Workshops page.