Date: 30 July 2022
Learn why, where and how it might be done. A concise, one day course on the art of skep beekeeping. Participants will learn about the history of skeps, referencing some of the old master skeppists, their varying styles of skeps and systems of management. The course will include hands on sessions with artefacts and tools and techniques. Mysteries will be be revealed concerning different shelters, floors and stands; spleets, snecks and garts; bennets, laps and litches and more. We will discuss best practice, harvest and health, enjoying indoor theory and outdoor practical sessions within the magical setting of Westmill Farm.
The course runs from 9.30am to 4.00pm. If the weather is suitable, students receive a live demonstration of honey bees in a skep.
"Wow, what a wonderful way to spend a day. Everything from the location to not least the stars of the day, the bees. We all three felt very privileged to experience such firsthand knowledge. Chris is a wonderful inspiring teacher and we loved that his daughter was helping and participating too. The other participants made it a friendly networking experience openly sharing their knowledge." - Joanna