Our New Training Apiary
It has always been the aspiration of Burton BKA to have its own Training Apiary, to offer practical experience for both new and more experienced beekeepers, We also see it as especially important to raise local awareness of bees and their importance to the ecosystem, and eventually to breed our own bees - that are well-adapted to the local climate and conditions.
We are now establishing our training apiary, based at Hillfield Lane, Stretton, and work there is proceeding rapidly. We currently have 5 hives on site, but we are aiming for around 10, of various types, to allow Members considering an unfamiliar design, to "try before they buy". A high priority at present is our new building, which will provide space for courses, holding recreational events, and a safe observation area.
Three volunteer groups are working to maintain the apiary: the shop group, which look after and staff this when open; the apiary and hive group who look after the hives and equipment; and the groundworks group maintain the areas inside the compound. These are working well, but more volunteers are most welcome. Please contact Dave Coates (email@example.com) if you're interested.
We will update the gallery for the apiary as this develops, so keep an eye on this page if you want to know the latest.