Next course date: Sunday 9 August 2020
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. To minimise COVID-19 risks we will ask participants to bring their own lunch and beverages, beekeeping clothing and face masks. The fee includes VAT and a copy of Skeps: Their History, Making and Use by Frank Alston.