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Beekeeping at RPA

Date posted: Thursday 18th July 2019

Beekeeping at RPA

Beekeeping is a fascinating, addictive, expensive and rewarding hobby.

There have been beehives at the RPA for many years, tended by experienced beekeepers with plots on the periphery so that the bees can forage without causing too much disruption.

About six years ago, following a number of requests to keep bees at the RPA, an apiary was created on a disused area of the RPA in the south-west corner. A dead hedge was built and five hive sites were allocated but there is room for more. Since then, the number of beekeepers and hives has waxed and waned, but presently there are three active hives with two experienced beekeepers (Jon Anderson and Rose Moss) and a trainee beekeeper (currently undergoing an approved BBKA course) and together we manage the apiary.

This involves feeding the dead hedge with vegetation, clearing the site for access and bee hygiene as well as tending to the hives. The honey produced reflects the plants from the allotments and the nearby tree pollen, a mixture of chestnut and lime – it is delicious!

Anyone is welcome to join the group as long as you join the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) and take a beginner’s course. That way, your hive will be insured and you will learn the basics of beekeeping with a focus on your own safety and the safety of others.

If you would like any more information about beekeeping at the RPA or would like to have a look at the apiary site then please contact me – bees@paddocks-allotments.org.uk

Jon Anderson Plot 157

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