Basic beekeeping at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
An informal but comprehensive introduction to beekeeping, including a brief history of the honeybee and similar insects, and their use in the garden and agriculture.
Course participants will gain an understanding of the bee’s lifestyle, individual duties and contribution to the colony’s life and development. You will learn how to identify the queen, worker and male drone bee before selecting equipment and suitable locations for hives. General handling and manipulation of bee colonies will be covered, together with honey production, extracting, processing and marketing.
The course is mainly theory based with a look at the farm’s hives, weather permitting.
You will need to bring: wellies and rubber gloves, all other protective clothing will be provided.
Tutor: Brian Goodwin
Brian is President of the Shropshire Beekeepers Association, a lifelong beekeeper and lecturer.
Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that the farm yard is cobbled and the ground often uneven. If you have any access concerns, please contact us. When booking please advise us of any medical conditions or special requirements.
Payment for courses
Course places must be paid for at the time of booking. Your place is not secure until paid for in full.
If you have to cancel your booking, please inform Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing or by email. If you cancel your booking more than four weeks before the course start date, 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of the course fee will be reserved to cover administrative costs). You may use your fee towards an alternative course. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the course start date, fees paid will not be refunded unless the course was full and your place can be re-sold.
Please contact us via the 'Contact' form above to book your place.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Lunch, refreshments, tools and protective clothing.
You will need to provide your own gloves and wellies.
Sarah Green at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm
Wenlock Lodge Acton Scott Church Stretton Shropshire SY6 6QN