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Beekeeping for beginners

Beekeeping for beginners

Course Provider: Assington Mill

Contact Name: Anne Holden

Telephone: 01787 229955

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Assington Mill
CO10 5LZ

Course Length: 1 day (10-5)

Price: £90

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Course Start Dates
Sunday 18th February 2018


Beekeeping for Beginners
Tutor: Simon Cousins - bees

This course is an introduction to the subject of beekeeping with Simon Cousins, a humourous and well-informed expert.

The emphasis is on the practical aspects of bee-keeping and is designed for beginners. We will have a look at some beehives but not the inhabitants on this occasion.

Students will learn how to set up an apiary, what equipment to buy, the terminology, life cycle of the bee, how to identify the different members of the hive, the bee calendar, and diseases. Today is a theory-only day (but Simon manages to make quite a dry subject funny), but we also run Hands On days to meet the inhabitants of the hive, and Queen-Rearing with Clive de Bruyn.

Please let us know if you cannot attend at the last minute as there are usually waiting lists for these courses.

Please wear warm clothing, especially shoes and socks. You will be glad of wellies when we go to look at the beehives.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

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What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through to our website, find your course in the list and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above.

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