On Saturday 10th June both Estelle (Chair) and Secretary Lorraine Baile with some members of their families, spent a fantastic 3 hours on an Introduction to Beekeeping taster session. They were joined by another 7 people who also wanted to experience and learn about these wonderful creatures.
The taster session gave them an overview into the world of honeybees and beekeeping, the hive and equipment, how the colony of bees all work together and what happens in the beekeeping year. They put on their bee suits and headed for the hives at their teaching apiary and saw first hand inside of a working beehive. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to see if you want to go further into keeping bees and further courses.
The course is run by Rachel and head beekeeper Dave. They are a husband-and-wife team who have an amazing rapport with each other which makes the whole experience relaxing and most enjoyable. Their passion for bees cannot be mistaken and started at an early age as they both come from families where their grandfathers were beekeepers. Who shared their passion and knowledge and taught them about the wisdom of bees.
They have taken their passion from Ethical Beekeepers into the Bee Farmers realm by continuing to follow their ancestors down the ethical route by doing it the traditional way, which is more commonly known as the “Artisan Way”. They also rescue bees and receive many phone call requests from the public who have found bees nesting on their property and belong to the Bee Farmers Association.
The honey they produce is amazing and for every jar they sell 50p is donated to HART Wildlife rescue.
If you LOVE BEES and would like to experience seeing these beautiful creatures in a working hive or you are considering becoming a beekeeper then give Rachel a call all the details can be found on the Honeybeehappy website. Afterall, Bees are so important as they are vital in the life cycle of many plants.