Thoughts, News & Events from the Natural Beekeeping Trust
By the time you read this our bees will be clustered in their fragrant honey-filled nests, keeping warm in the unique ways which are theirs, enclosing their mother, the queen in a sphere of fragrant warmth with the help of their flight muscles, now employed to engender perfect independence from the cold weather outside. During winter the bees rely on the stores collected throughout spring, summer and autumn, the nectar from infinite blossoms which the bees who came before them will have transformed into life-sustaining honey.
It has been a short and intense summer for the bees, and for us, too, with many events and courses and wonderful encounters with bee-loving people all over the country. Of the many highlights there is one that deserves special mention, and that is the “Bees and Seeds” event organized by Christopher Lewers and his family and friends in Cheshire. Christopher invited 50 members of his local community to a festive evening in a beautiful hotel, in the hope of introducing new ways of thinking about the way we live and farm and keep bees. We were honoured to be associated with this beautiful philanthropic endeavour, which afforded unique insights into the realms of seeds (Peter Brinch) and generic modification (Dr. Michael Antoniou).
Our sunhive initiative, powered by Peter Brown and Rachel Hanney from Tablehurst Farm, has borne much fruit in one short year: a hundred splendid sun hives were made by aspiring and existing beekeepers from nearly every county of Britain as well as Holland. Hungary, USA, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal, and some of our hives even found their way to Chile, Peru and India.
We never cease to be delighted by the bees and what they make happen. In the course of this year the Natural Beekeeping Trust has formed new alliances with other groups of beekeepers and beekeeping organizations with whom we feel united in our approach to beekeeping, led and inspired by the bees’ own choices and innate behaviours. Together with our partners, which include Dr. Nicola Bradbaer of Bees for Development. Jonathan Powell in Frome, Patrick Moulsdale in Somerset, John Haverson in Hampshire and David Heaf in Wales we hope to continue our work with vigour and purpose.
Please find below a selection of the events we shall be attending to represent the natural/biodynamic beekeeper’s approach to life with bees.
If you would like to attend a masterclass in Monmouthshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire or Somerset, please express your interest email@example.com and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our partners.
And finally, if you would like to help us grow the international movement of apicentric thinking and initiative, we would love to hear from you.
Events and Courses:
15th January 2014 7.30pm The Great Beekeepers’ Debate
hosted by Stroud Beekeeping Association
Gareth John, one of our trustees, whose beekeeping experience spans nearly 40 years, has been invited to debate the merits of natural beekeeping in contrast to conventional beekeeping, and has proposed:
“Natural Beekeeping is the only way forward for British Beekeepers”, seconded by Heidi Herrmann.
Speaking against the motion will be Will Messenger, seconded by Dan Maslen
Please come and join us if you can – it should be a lively event!
St. Dominic’s Primary School, Inchbrook, Stroud GL5 5HP
9th February 2014 “Wise Traditions” Heidi Herrmann and Peter Brown will address the 2014 Annual Conference of the Weston Price Foundation with a talk about natural beekeeping and biodynamics
Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual European Conference
Sandown Park, London, England
More information about the conference: chapters.westonaprice.org/londonuk/programme/
19th March 2014 “Why Bees Love “Natural Beekeeping”
An evening event organised by the New Forest and District Beekeepers Association (BKA). The talk will be given by Heidi Herrmann and Miranda Hansen-Lise.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All welcome.
Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
NBKT Beekeeping Courses in Sussex 2014. For full details see www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org
15 February – A Year in the Life of the colony: the Wonder and Beauty of Colony Life
8 March – A Year in the Life of the Colony:: the Wonder and Beauty of Colony Life
5-6 April – The Theory and Practice of Biodynamic Beekeeping
3-4 May – The Theory and Practice of Biodynamic Beekeeping
Please note that our sunhive making courses are due to resume in February 2014; details will be published on our website. If you need to get in touch with us by telephone, please contact the Biodynamic Association Office (01453-759501) or Gareth John (07766-461440)
Bees for Development weekend course on Sustainable BeekeepingRagman’s Farm, Wye Valley, Glos 5-6 April 2014 and 20-21 September 2014
One day courses on Strengthening livelihoods in developing countries through beekeepingheld at BfD in Monmouth
4 April 2014 and 19 September 2014
FFI and Booking see www.beesfordevelopment.org
Email: email@example.com Tel: 01600 714848