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Willow skep hive (Alveari) making - with Bees for Development

Exciting, practical course — and you get to take home your own willow skep! Chris Parks is an excellent and expert teacher with vast patience. I had never done any willow weaving before so the entire process was new to me. Discovering the history of willow weaving was fascinating in its own right. I hope a swarm will choose my skep as its home next Spring.

- - #25259

Treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives - Leo Sharashkin

Most enjoyable weekend. Covered a lot, the time flew by!

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Treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives - Leo Sharashkin

An inspirational course! Dr Leo Sarashkin delivers a most uplifting and engaging lecture combining the complex science with the gritty practicalities... reconciling the ideal world of beekeeping with the realistic limitations of the humble beekeeper battling to do their best! I have come away from the course preparing to start a horizontal hive apiary following his ethos. A wonderful course... much recommended!

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Treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives - Leo Sharashkin

I attended Leo Sharashkin's course for the second time in 2019. He brought new insights and evidence to his approach and is generously interactive with attendees. He is one of the best tutors I have ever come across in any subject and the bees are fortunate to have his knowledgeable advocacy!

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An Introduction to Skep Beekeeping - with Bees for Development (Course inactive)

The course was excellent.
The information fascinating.
Delivered in a relaxed organised manner with a good balance of practical and theory.
Loved it.

- - #23927

Willow skep hive (Alveari) making - with Bees for Development

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Response from Bees for Development:

Dear Sarah, thank you for joining our course and for your review. On last week's course our tutor Chris had been unable to access the right materials to plaister the hives and therefore could not demonstrate this technique, although Chris did bring a finished hive to show you, and he did describe how to do this, and discuss various different 'recipes'.
We invite you to come along to the next Willow Skep Course on Sunday 6 October in Monmouth when Chris will be able to show you how to do this. You could also view our video which shows the technique in Uganda which can be found in the Resource Centre section of our website.
Kind regards, Nicola Bradbear

Willow skep hive (Alveari) making - with Bees for Development

I really enjoyed the day. Chris was very informative and helpful. He had a lot of patience and explained the skep making very well. A suggestion would be a hand out, to refer to, on making the cloon to cover the skep in the future.
The food was excellent, as was the venue.
A relaxed and happy atmosphere.

- - #23071

Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

What a fabulous day making a bee skep with Chris Park. He's enthusiasm for the subject was infectious and made the day so enjoyable. Whilst we worked away on our skeps he was feeding us with knowledge on skep bee keeping and its history. It gave me the confidence to easily finish off the skep at home. The venue was perfect with a break for lunch in the Yew Tree Inn with excellent food.

- - #23086


Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

It was so much better having Chris as a guide, than trying to learn this skill from a book. It was also nice to have others around to chat to. An addictive pastime I think - we didn't want to stop for lunch! They also let us take the tools home so we could complete our skeps.

- - #23077

Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

A wonderful course. Chris is an inspiring and patient teacher. He not only passed on his skills as a skep-maker but also gave us an insight into the history of skeps and bee-keeping. Leaving with the basic skills, equipment and materials to finish my skep was brilliant. It was a great day spent with a group of very friendly, interesting people.
The lunch and cake were delicious! The day was very well organised and the surrounding countryside beautiful.

- - #22970


Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

Inspirational teacher!
Great insight into historical bee keeping.
The day went too quickly.
Great to take home the knowledge and equipment to finish the skep.
Lovely group of people and superb lunch!
Many thanks to all involved.

- - #22931

Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

Fantastic hands-on course with extremely knowledgeable expert tutor, who not only demonstrated it to us en masse, but also came around individually as the day went on to see how we were getting along and helping correct any mistakes. No issue was too small and he was extremely patient.
I came away with a skill that I didn’t have when I arrived and an eagerness to do more.

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Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

I don't keep bees, and only had a vague intension to do so one day when my partner booked me on this course as a day of relaxation. It was excellent. I spent the day totally immersed in craftwork, led by the very knowledgable Chris Park, working alongside friendly people. The delicious and plentiful lunch also has to be given a mention. I came away resolved to finish my skep and one day harvest a little wild honey from it for my family.

- - #19824

Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend Course - with Bees for Development

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Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend Course - with Bees for Development

A useful and informative course at a very nice location. Like many others I had been shown the modern (industrial) way of keeping bees, which felt at odds with my ethics regarding animal welfare. The sustainable bee keeping course provided the information to show that keeping bees could be done in a way sympathetic to the bees. The instructors each had their own views and this helped to create an overall balanced programme.

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Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend Course - with Bees for Development

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Straw skep hive making course - with Bees for Development

Brilliant course, really enjoyed the day. Very friendly welcome and lovely snacks and hot drinks provided throughout the day. The tutor was very good and explained the history and process of skep making very clearly. He came round the group through the day giving everyone extra help and advice. You then get to take it all away to finish. Lunch was delicious!

- - #16264

Sustainable Beekeeping Weekend Course - with Bees for Development

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Treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives - Leo Sharashkin

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Treatment free beekeeping in horizontal hives - Leo Sharashkin

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- - #15605