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Where : Living Under One Sun Community Allotment

When : Saturday 22nd April, Saturday 29th April + weekend drop in sessions from May to August (dates TBC).

Cost: £150 (concessions £110). Drop in sessions £10 or £5 for course attendees (£4 concession)


This two day course (taking place on two consecutive Saturdays) will teach you everything you need to know to set up and look after your own hive. The course is taught by Living Under One Sun’s very own ‘bee whisperer’ Ian Bailey who has been a beekeeper for the last 16 years and runs 30 urban hives across the capital. The course will be based around Living Under One Sun’s own beehives, so there will be a chance to meet the bees, but most of the course is theoretical.


The theory course will be followed by weekend drop in sessions run by the Living Under One Sun beekeepers where you can get hands on experience in looking after the bees throughout the year, including helping out with the August harvest.


Over the course of the theory course, we will cover:

-the honey bee, where it came from and its life cycle

-reproduction and swarming

-the hive

-bee health

-the beekeeper’s season, nectar and pollen

-harvesting, processing and honey tasting

-meet the bees (weather dependent)

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch and a bottle of water

If you feel that this is too much for you, please contact the office as we offer some training events in return for time spent volunteering on our projects.

Please note:

The organisation carries out a limited amount of trading activity which includes the provision of a number of places on training courses for residents on higher incomes, for which a fee is charged . All income raised from these activities is used to fund services free of charge for public benefit. Some specialist training courses have course fees which apply to residents on higher incomes, these are used to meet tutors fees and the costs of future courses. No charges are made to disadvantaged residents on low or modest incomes.

 To book your place, please contact sarahalunjones@livingunderonesun.co.uk or call 02088 016868



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