Type: Beekeeping

Date: Sat 24 Mar 2012

Time: March 24, 2012 10:00 - 13:00 pm

Location: Central London

Rating:   12 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

We will cover basic but fundamental bee and hive matters as well as preparations for the following season; sitting hives, equipment knowledge and bee stock are a few examples which we will cram in as well as specifics on urban beekeeping and what to consider.

At the time of the course you might be considering purchasing a new Beehaus or a convensional hive, this taster will direct you towards those early requirements and give you some early bee titillation. After this event we would encourage you then to attend one of our more comprehensive events, as keeping bees in an urban environment requires careful and serious consideration and we can offer you comprehensive guidance throughout the year and expand your bee knowledge, through this amazing craft. We also breed our own bees and can offer guidance in this area.

Please contact me if you would like any further information.

Many thanks


About Me

Twelve years ago I decided I wanted to keep bees in London - there was a problem: we lived on the 6th story of an ex-council block near Tower Bridge with no garden. The only viable outside space well, viable to me, was the flat roof, accessed via a fire escape. It worked limed a dream. I located my first hive behind the lift shaft complete with live bee cam and it worked brilliantly. It was the start of a thriving urban business. It still had to be covert, but events developed rapidly. By the following year I had hives tucked slyly into all sorts of odd locations around the city. And that was just the start. The bee empire continued grew I eventually left London behind as the scale of the operation expanded and I now manage hives across the UK It's a passion as much a business and it requires a nomadic lifestyle. I constantly move them around to gather nectar and avoid mono-floral crops such as Oilseed Rape. It might heading to Salisbury Plain early in the morning where there are amazing down land pastures on MOD training grounds, or long drives from Shropshire up to isolated heather moors in Yorkshire and North Wales. www.thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk

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Highly Recommended - Adam,

Steve is so deeply knowledgeable and deeply passionate about Bees it's infectious. He delivers a session that is pitch perfect for those beginners with an interest. Thanks Steve and best of luck for 2013 and your expanding honey empire!

Informative, Experienced and Friendly - Clive, London,

Steve welcomed us into his beekeeping and honey producing enterprise and provided a well illustrated informative course. He shared much knowledge about bees and valuable experiences, gained from his progression from novice some years ago, to experienced and well known beekeeper.

very good - Lucinda,

Steve Benbow provided a full and absorbing morning, packed with much information at a level that as novices we found to be just right. I would recommend this course highly.

excellent! - Jane,

Really friendly and informative. A great introduction and would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone thinking of beekeeping.

excellent information and inspiring - Sarah,

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