April 2022


Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Growing the Future Workshop

Treborth Botanic Garden
Sunday 3 April 2022, 10:00–15:00
Introduction to Beekeeping
• This course is aimed at people who are considering taking up beekeeping and want to learn more about the practical aspects of the craft.
• Learn about different types of bees in general and their differences in biological lifecycles
• It will give you the necessary information to decide whether beekeeping is for you and how to take it further with beekeeping.
• The course aims to provide a good background into practical beekeeping, being outdoors with the bees at Treborth, learning how to handle honeybees and the hive and what we are viewing
• It will give people the necessary information and handling skills to determine whether they have the confidence in taking on honeybees for themselves.
• We will learn about sympathetic beekeeping: working with honeybees in a more natural way
• Learn the mainstays of beekeeping including the different hive options and which is most suitable for you; learn frame and hive construction and siting of hives
• See how honey is processed from the hive and how beeswax is processed and its possible uses
• Find out where to get bees and what equipment is needed (and what is not needed!)
• Advice on books, magazines & information on the internet
• Discover the importance and benefits of bees in the environment and the problems they are encountering
• Learn about gardening for pollinating insects
• The course also aims to give people confidence, to become more aware of their own senses, working together to achieve a common goal, de-stressing in a friendly environment, mindfulness while bee handling and to become more aware of the natural rhythms of nature
• There will be plenty of time for questions!
• Suitable for complete beginners
Jonathan Garratt has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Msc Rural Resource Management & a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has had various work in conservation, the environment, agriculture and environmental consultancy.
He has grown up with honeybees, going out to manage the hives with his father as a child in Menai Bridge, Ynys Môn, and eventually taking on the full care of the hives. He has been a Seasonal Bee Inspector for the National Bee Unit since 2001. He has also run countless courses in beekeeping for many years, either privately or through other organisations such as the National Botanic Gardens Wales, The Snowdonia Society, Bangor University, the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Woodland Skills Centre. Jonathan has great enthusiasm and enjoys dealing with honeybees and passing on his skills to others.
Lisa Mundle, Jonathan’s wife, is an equally competent beekeeper and manages the processing and marketing of honey and hive products. She will also be assisting on the course.
This event is £15.00 and tickets can be purchased via our shop https://shop.bangor.ac.uk/product.../treborth-botanic-garden