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EVENTS & COURSES

At the end of the course, I felt like I had been on holiday! Totally relaxed, inspired and excited at the prospect of not only having bees in the Community Garden, but also in my garden at home. My heart was warmed by the dedication that Tim and Heather have in trying to improve the welfare of bees, which is so important to our survival.

 

Christine Carroll, Blaise Community Garden Founder

Barn Dance Fundraiser, Saturday the 16th of November 2019 at 7pm, King Stanley Community Centre, Stroud 

Past Events

Natural Beekeeping Course

Sat 22nd July - Sun 23rd July 2017

10am - 4:30pm

£100 incl. food (camping and breakfast optional extras)

A weekend of exploration into the beautiful world of the honeybee, with the wonderful ‘Bee The Change’ team from Bristol. 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-keeping).

  • 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.

They have recently returned from a natural beekeeping research trip around Europe, and will be discussing what they have learnt, including how the Polish tree-beekeepers make tree hives.

Please email Lucy to book: carefarm@thefold.org.uk

Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course - Summer

Sat 16th July - Sun 17th July 2016

10am - 4pm

£85 for concessions / £75 for beehive adoptees.

“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!

Our Friends the Bees – Ruskin Mill Family Event

Sat 28th May - Sun 29th May 2016

10am - 4pm, 11am - 1pm

Free Entry to Event

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.

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.

The Urban Food Trail Guided Walk

Thurs 5th May 2016

6pm - 8pm

The Urban Food Trail is an exciting project that has brought food growing to the centre of the city. You will walk the trail of food growing beds from Millenium Square, across the city, and will finish at the new Grow Bristol Aquaponics site, where our new beehive is located.

Sara Venn from Incredible Edible Bristol will walk and talk us through the wonderful beds and we will discuss what’s happening with the bees. Dermot and Pete of Grow Bristol will show you around their innovative urban farm and reveal how aquaponics will be the new big thing for Bristol.

Food Connections Festival - Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Workshop

Sat 30th April 2016

11am - 12pm

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.

Introduction to Natural Beekeeping Course - Spring

Sun 17th Jan 2016

10am - 4pm

£85 for concessions / £75 for beehive adoptees.

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.

http://tortwortharboretum.org/