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Apiary News

In December 2012 the branch was offered the use of a piece of land by Solarsense UK Ltd on their Technology Park at Brockley Lane, directions are here.

After several sessions of hard work by a dedicated group of members the site became the main teaching apiary for the branch in April 2013. The site has been cleared, levelled, fenced and hedged, and stands installed to accommodate 30 hives – the slideshow below shows our development of the site.

The branch currently has five of its own hives on the site and through the summer the spaces will be filled by the hives of new beekeepers.

The branch hives are a mixture of Deep National (14×12) and Commercial hives. These hives give prospective beekeepers the chance to handle bees and get a feel for managing a hive. We have introduced a polystyrene hive this year and we plan to widen the range of hive types to give members experience of different hives.

New beekeepers are encouraged to keep their hives at the branch apiary in their first year of beekeeping. Throughout the summer regular sessions are held on a Sunday where experienced beekeepers are on hand to help new members manage their hives. Although primarily aimed at new beekeepers these sessions are open to all branch members and also to prospective beekeepers who may be thinking of taking up the hobby.

The sessions began in April, and will continue through to September; if you are interested in attending a session or learning about beekeeping please contact the Apiary Manager or Branch Secretary.

Below are some useful documents for users of the site:-

Welcome to the Apiary

Keeping a colony at the Branch Apiary

David Capon (Apiary Manager)

Please check the rota below for details of teams, dates, times and staffing

Apiary Rota 2018