Events & Courses
Up and Coming Events
Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course Summer 2016 (Two Days) (FULL)
You can fill out a booking form here to secure a place
“At the beginning of my personal journey into the world of beekeeping, I was bombarded with lessons in an intensive, wartime form of beekeeping – conventional beekeeping. I was told bees could not be kept alive without the use of chemicals to control mites, that allowing bees to swarm was irresponsible, and taking too much honey so that sugar had to be fed instead, was standard. My first few experiences of beekeeping were subsequently awful. I had a terrible time of stress and worry – dominated by fear rather than awe at the beauty of the bees. This is why I am running this course…”.
Come and join us for a weekend of exploration into the beautiful world of the honeybee. This course will be a holistic approach to sustainable beekeeping and will include:
- Natural history of the honeybee
- Culture surrounding the bee
- History of beekeeping
- Beekeeping around the world (emphasis on Tree-Beekeeping)
- Sustainable beekeeping practices
- How to collect a swarm
- How to work with varroa (and not against it)
- Medicinal properties and uses of honey, propolis, wax etc
- The pollination crisis and how to help bees
We have just returned from a natural beekeeping research trip around Europe, and will be discussing what we have learnt, including how the Polish tree-beekeepers make tree hives. You can also read our blog to see what we got up to!
The course costs £85 or £75 for concessions or beehive adoptees. A £40 deposit is needed to secure your place.
Any questions please contact us. Thank you
Our Friends the bees – Ruskin Mill Family Event (Come and make a felt bee!)
Forming part of the Nailsworth Festival this will be a day of educational and artistic workshops, storytelling, meeting-the-bees and a host of other engaging activities for both adults and children. The day is collaboratively brought to you by: Bee the Change, Stroud Beekeepers, Stroud Nature, Fiona Eadie Christian Grützmacher, Gables Farm and friends… Entry to the event is free with contributions for food. Honey-cakes, refreshments and fresh baked pizza will be available. Mmmmmm…. More details of workshops and activities coming soon.
Join us for a nearly circular walk through different landscapes that our bees and other insects pollinate. For this free event we will be meeting at the Tipputs Inn carpark at 11am and ending up at the nearby The Bee Garden on Gables Farm at 1pm, after which we will have a bring ‘n’ share picnic. Please wear appropriate footwear.
Food Connections Festival – Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Workshop
We will be running a workshop on sustainable beekeeping, demonstrating with a number of alternative beehives, how to best steward honeybees. We have just returned from Poland, where we learnt the ancient art of tree beekeeping, and will explain how this can be achieved here in the UK. Come and join us!
As part of Bristol Green Capital, We have set up beehives around Bristol which can be communally nurtured and looked after. We currently have one at Grow Bristol and one in Sneyde Park Nature Reserve. This is part of the Incredible Edible Bristol Urban Food Growing Trail.
This is a free event
An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping (Two Day Course) – SPRING (FULLY BOOKED)
Sunday the 17th of Jan – Tortworth Forest Centre – Bee Garden Creation
Very happy to announce that Bee The Change Project and Tortworth Forest Centre are now going to be working together! Together we will be able to frolick in the woods, plant for bees, have a beautiful space to volunteer in, enjoy, and make it wonderful for wildlife and people. Here’s to some good times ahead!
We’ll be heading there for our first Bee Garden Volunteer Session on Sunday the 17th of Jan, at 10am, so if you want to help us and be part of this wonderful new project, come along! We’ll mainly be clearing bramble on this day, so bring tools if you have them.
Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course – University of Bristol (FULLY BOOKED)
A half day introduction to respectful beekeeping, with candle making workshop
Apple Day and Pollinator Garden Planting with Incredible Edible Bristol
Community Beehive – Homing of the Honeybees
Community Beehive – Painting the Hive
Bristol Bee Fair
Please Watch our Video to see what we got up to 🙂